Delta tug operator at JFK Airport killed on the job

JAMAICA, Queens (WABC) -- Delta Air Lines is investigating after one of their employees was killed at JFK Airport on Wednesday.

Officials with the Port Authority say a tug operator was hit by his own tug at the Terminal 4 ramp side around 3:30 p.m.

Sources tell Eyewitness News he got off the tug to hook up a cart to it, but it somehow slipped into gear and ran over him.

Co-workers used a forklift to get the tug off him, but he could not be saved.

Delta said they are conducting a full investigation and released the following statement:

"The Delta team is grieving today following the loss of one of our own. We are extremely saddened by the passing of a JFK below-wing employee and have extended our full support to his family and colleagues during this incredibly difficult time."

----------
* More Queens news
* Send us a news tip
* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
*Follow us on YouTube
*
Copyright © 2019 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.