A Delta Airlines mechanic was killed when the landing gear doors in the wheel well area of an Airbus A319 that was to depart to St. Louis at 7 AM somehow malfunctioned or activated and killed him.The mechanic, 47 year old Jesse Paul Stygar of Rosemount, MN, was found inside the landing gear doors and had no pulse. Reports say Stygar died of a head injury. The airline - as well as local officials - are investigating, and the Airbus A319 has been taken out of service pending investigation.
Reports say Stygar worked for Delta for five years as a line mechanic and had also served in the military. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), NTSB, FAA and airport police along with the medical examiner's office will also be investigating.
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