Eagle Cited in Clerk’s Death
The North Carolina Department of Labor in late November cited American Eagle for what it classifies as serious safety violations related to the death of one of its fleet service clerks at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Lufuluabo Kalonji died July 31 from blunt-force trauma to the chest after he inadvertently placed the baggage truck he operated into reverse, backed into an Embraer regional jet and became pinned in the process. The citation, which accompanied a fine of $6,300, said the truck did not have a shift indicator and that the airline did not check its trucks at least daily for safety problems as required by law. It also faulted the airline for failing to provide formal training before allowing employees to operate the trucks.