A baggage handler died after his hair got caught on a conveyor belt at a New Orleans airport.
Jermani Thompson, 26, was unloading baggage from a Frontier Airlines plane at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans when the crash occurred at around 10pm local time on Tuesday.
His hair had become entangled in the machinery of a belt loader, a vehicle with a conveyor belt for getting luggage on and off the plane.
Ms. Thompson, who was a GAT Airline Ground Support employee, was rushed to the hospital where she died, NBC News reported.
Her mother Angela Dorsey said her daughter loved basketball and graduated from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi.
She told the New Orleans news site NOLA: “She was my little girl. Everyone loved her.
“I’m just speechless. I can’t even think.”
Mike Hough, CEO of GAT Airline Ground Support, said, “We are heartbroken and are supporting his family and friends in the best possible way.”
Kevin Dolliole, director of aviation at the airport, said: “Jermani was part of our airport family and we will continue to support each other in any way we can during this difficult time.”
Frontier Airlines also expressed its condolences and stated that its thoughts were with Ms Thompson’s friends and family.