A 26-year-old airport worker has died after her hair became caught in machinery at Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport (MSY) in Louisiana, per multiple reports.
According to reports, the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Jermani Thompson, who was in an area with parked planes when she became seriously injured at the airport on Tuesday night.
A spokesperson for her employer, GAT Airline Ground Support, stated that Thompson’s hair became tangled in a belt loader — a machine used to transfer baggage to and from an airplane — which led to fatal injuries.
At the time, Thompson was removing baggage from a Frontier Airlines flight, per reports.
Requests to Frontier, GAT, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and MSY for comment were not immediately returned.
Thompson’s mother, Angela Dorsey, told reporters that Thompson was a talented athlete who played basketball in high school and college. She earned her sociology degree from Tyagaloo College.
“She loved basketball,” the mother told the outlet. “She was my baby girl. Everybody loved her.”