FedEx ‘deeply saddened’ by ‘tragic accident’ at Lubbock airport facility

FedEx ‘deeply saddened’ by ‘tragic accident’ at Lubbock airport facility

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Posted October 17, 2017 06:40 pm - Updated October 17, 2017 07:08 pm
By Adam D. YoungA-J Media Local News Editor
FedEx ‘deeply saddened’ by ‘tragic accident’ at Lubbock airport facility

Federal officials are looking into a death after what FedEx officials are calling an accident late Tuesday morning at the FedEx facility at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.

Lubbock police spokeswoman Tiffany Pelt confirmed officers responded to a report of a death just before noon at the FedEx facility, but that the death is not being investigated as a homicide.

“There was nothing suspicious that warranted a homicide callout,” she said.

A spokesman for FedEx released a brief statement to the A-J Monday.“We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident,” the statement reads. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues affected by the loss of our team member. We are cooperating fully with investigating authorities.”

Asked for additional details about the death, FedEx did not release additional details by late Tuesday, including information about the employee, what happened or potential impacts to the facility’s operations.

A statement from the Federal Aviation Administration late Tuesday indicated the accident came during maintenance on equipment.

“We will investigate the accident to determine whether the maintenance was being performed in accordance with approved safety procedures and if the mechanic had received adequate training,” according to the statement from FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

Lunsford referred the A-J to company or local authorities for specific details.

Juan Rodriguez, a spokesman with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, released a statement to the A-J Tuesday confirming “OSHA has an open and ongoing investigation into this incident.”

“No other information is available until the case is closed,” the statement reads.