Airport employee crashes into aircraft

Mr. Sparky

SARASOTA – A collision involving an airport ground worker and a Delta aircraft happened today at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Emergency vehicles were on the outside ground level of the B8 terminal after the worker’s vehicle went under the aircraft and scraped the bottom of it, breaking off one antenna from the plane.

SRQ Airport President & C.E.O Rick Piccolo said nobody was seriously hurt.

“It looks like the injuries were minor at worst, and more that he was shaken up by it than anything else,” Piccolo said. “The aircraft, it appears at least looking at it, that the damage is minor. As long as there’s no structural damage there, I expect it to fly out maybe a little late but not to be canceled, so the flight will go on as scheduled.”

Sarasota County paramedics took the employee to the hospital for further evaluation as a precaution.

Piccolo said after the plane flies to Atlanta, it goes to a maintenance center to have the broken antenna replaced.

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Hallie Peilet
Hallie Peilet is an Indiana University graduate with a degree in broadcast journalism, and a minor in music. She has had experience in several media outlets. Previously, she interned for WCIU-TV in Chicago, learning about production and live reporting. During her senior year at IU, she worked as a reporter and anchor for her campus news station, and as a multimedia journalist for WTIU/WFIU, the PBS/NPR affiliate in Bloomington. She grew up just outside of Chicago in Munster, Indiana, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, discovering new music, and watching Chicago sports. If you have an idea for a story, e-mail her at