Work Accident Leads To Woman's Death

Work Accident Leads To Woman's Death

An airline employee involved in a work accident earlier this week died yesterday at an Ohio hospital. Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.

Catrina Coffman, 21, was an employee for Pinnacle Airlines, which operates out of Dayton International Airport. An airline spokesperson said Coffman was crushed by a luggage-sized elevator while trying to remove an object wedged in the lift.

According to a local coroner’s office, Coffman died of asphyxiation caused by mechanical chest compression and blunt force trauma to her torso.

“We are so deeply saddened by this event. It’s just shocking and upsetting to us, and we want to make sure we fully understand what occurred,” said spokesperson for Pinnacle, Phil Reed.

Coffman is the third employee to die because of a work-related accident in Dayton airport’s recent history. A little over a year ago, a Menlo Logistics Center employee died after being toppled by boxes of freight, and an airline tire explosion more than a decade ago claimed the life of a Trans World Airline employee.


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