*An Alabama airline worker who died a horrific death after being sucked into a plane engine at Montgomery Regional Airport on New Year’s Eve has been identified as Courtney Edwards. The 34-year-old was the ramp agent for Piedmont Airlines.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, Courtney met her death soon after an Embraer 170 plane operated by Envoy Air touched down with 63 passengers on board.
A GoFundMe page set up by a fellow union member describes her as “a Ground Handling agent for Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, a loving mother of 3 kids and a wonderful daughter to her beloved mother, Natalie English of Montgomery, Alabama.”
The page’s description further adds, “Please know that this tragedy has and will affect her mother, family, friends and kids for years to come.”
The GoFundMe campaign set for Edwards had raised almost $112,000 for her “3 beautiful kids to help cover funeral expenses, day-to-day expenses, and any other expenses needed to care for the children.”
Days after the incident, The Communication Workers of America Local 3645 said Courtney was one of its members.
Speaking to FOX Business on Wednesday, Donielle Prophete, president, said that losing Courtney was a terrible tragedy and her leaving behind three beautiful children to grow up without a mother is just disheartening to everyone.
“I’m elated that the GoFundMe account is being embraced by so many people including other airline workers!” Donielle added.
In a statement, Richard Honeycutt, vice president of CWA District 3 and chair of CWA’s Passenger Service Airline Council, praised Courtney. He pointed out that the late “was away from her family working on New Year’s Eve making sure passengers got to where they needed to be for the holidays.”
“She represents the very best of our CWA airport members, who constantly make sacrifices to serve the flying public,” the statement added. “Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of her fellow CWA members and those closest to her.”
An NTSB report released this week said the aircraft whose engine sucked Courtney “shook violently” and shut off with a “bang” when it happened.
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