An "industrial accident" at Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) on New Year's Eve claimed the life of one American Airlines ground crew member and shut down air traffic for several hours. 

The airport issued a statement on Saturday saying: "Today around 3 p.m. an American Airlines ground crew [P]iedmont employee was involved in a fatality, no additional information is available at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased."

The National Transportation Safety Board later said in a statement that the unidentified crew member was killed after being "ingested into the engine" of an aircraft, CBS News reported.

The airport resumed normal operations by 8:30 p.m. while the Federal Aviation Administration continued investigating.

"We are saddened to hear about the tragic loss of a team member of the AA/Piedmont Airlines, Wade A. Davis, executive director of MGM, said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time."

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