02 September, 2017

Woman hit by propeller at Newark

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An investigation is underway into an accident that occurred on the ramp at Newark airport that saw a female employee being struck on the head by a moving propeller.

The woman was treated at the scene and then transferred to  University Hospital where she is reported to be in critical but stable condition with serious head injuries.

According to local media, the 54-year-old woman worked for Prime Flight as a cleaner and was struck by a CommutAir aircraft. 

Exactly what happened and how the employee came to be struck remain unclear at this stage, however, an investigation is underway.

An official Statement from Port Authority read 'At about 2:20 am at Newark Airport, opposite Terminal A, a United Airlines employee, a 54-year-old woman from Orange NJ was reportedly struck by a moving airplane propeller. Port Authority Police responded and she was removed by ambulance to University Hospital with a serious head injury. There was no disruption to airport operation. The airplane was not on a runway, it was opposite Terminal A maintenance area.'

CommutAir operates a large number of flights under the United Express banner on behalf of United Airlines. Maggie Schmerin, director of brand public relations for United Airlines said "We are saddened to learn that a Prime Flight employee was seriously injured at Newark International Airport," United said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family and colleagues. We are working closely with Prime Flight, CommutAir and local authorities to determine how this occurred."

Jason Shaw

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