Jermani Thompson died after her hair was caught in a conveyor belt during an accident at New Orleans airport On August 30. She was a 26-year-old airport worker.
Fox reported that the incident occurred when Jermani Thompson was handling bags in an area near parked planes, referred to as an “apron.”
Thompson was removing baggage from a Frontier Airlines flight when her hair got tangled in a conveyor belt, which eventually dragged her along.
“She loved basketball,” her mother, Angela Dorsey, said. “She was my baby girl. Everybody loved her.”
As word began to spread Wednesday that Thompson, 26, had been killed in an accident Tuesday night while working at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
Dorsey and their family members were inundated with calls and messages from her many friends and former teammates.
After Jermani Thompson died, Nicole Branch, her sister-in-law, told NOLA that the family was questioning the circumstances surrounding the incident. However, a probe has not yet been announced.
She was severely injured and taken to Ochsner Kenner Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office said. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.
Thompson was born and raised in Reserve, the youngest of Dorsey’s two children. She had an outgoing personality, a generous spirit, and made friends easily, relatives said.