NEWARK, N.J. — Authorities say a worker was struck and seriously injured by a moving airline propeller at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police department spokesman Joseph Pentangelo says the accident occurred around 2:20 a.m. Saturday in a maintenance area of the airport across from Terminal A.

The victim was struck by a CommutAir plane that was not on the runway at the time. Ohio-based CommutAir operates flights for United Express.

The injured woman, a 54-year-old Orange resident who works as a cleaner for a private company, suffered a head injury. She was hospitalized in critical condition.

Authorities say the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Officials say the accident didn’t disrupt airport operations.


This story has been corrected to show that the injured worker was a woman and that she worked for a private company, not United Airlines.