A 26-year-old airport employee lost her life at Louisiana’s Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport
At Louisiana’s Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport (MSY), a 26-year-old airport employee lost her life after her hair became stuck in some equipment.
Jermani Thompson was critically hurt at the airport on Tuesday night while she was in a location with parked airplanes, according to the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office.
A belt loader, a device used to move luggage to and from airplanes, became entangled in Thompson’s hair, causing fatal injuries, according to a spokeswoman for her job, GAT Airline Ground Support, who talked to NBC station WDSU.
According to NOLA.com, Thompson was unloading luggage from a Frontier Airlines flight at the time.
Frontier, GAT, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and MSY did not immediately respond to requests for comment from PEOPLE.
Thompson was a gifted athlete
Thompson was a gifted athlete who played basketball in high school and college, according to Thompson’s mother, Angela Dorsey, who spoke to NOLA.com. She graduated from Tyagaloo College with a degree in sociology.
“She loved basketball,” the mother told the outlet. “She was my baby girl. Everybody loved her.” “I’m just lost for words,” Dorsey added of her daughter’s death. “I can’t even think.”
Kevin Dolliole, the director of aviation at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, referred to Thompson as a member of the airport’s “family” in a statement he issued to WDSU.
“We are deeply saddened about the tragic loss of GAT Airline Ground Support team member, Jermani Thompson,” he said.
Jermani was a part of Airport family
“The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport extends its sincere condolences to her family and friends, and also to our partners at GAT and Frontier Airlines,” Dolliole added. “Jermani was a part of our Airport family, and we will continue to support one another in any way we can during this trying time.”
GAT’s CEO, Mike Hough, informed NOLA.com that the company was in contact with Thompson’s family.
“We are heartbroken and are supporting her family and her friends as best as we are able,” Hough said.
Nichole Branch, Thompson’s sister-in-law, told NOLA.com that the tragedy’s cause is still a mystery to the family.
“She went to work one morning and never made it home,” Branch said. “This is just so unreal right now.”
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