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Woman Struck By Airplane Propeller in Ohio

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

An employee for Start Skydiving based out of Middletown, Ohio was critically injured after walking into an airplane propeller, according to WHIO news.

About the Propeller Accident

The Start Skydiving employee, identified as Sarah Rhoads, had to be airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital after she walked into an active airplane propeller. The accident happened at about 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Hook Field in Middletown, Ohio.

A statement from Middletown Fire Capt. Jeff Spaulding said Rhoads sustained “severe head injuries” after she walked into the propeller. Another Start Skydiving employee told reporters that it can be difficult to see the propellers when in operation due to the high rotation speed. Spaulding noted that the pilot of the plane had given Rhoads a warning to avoid the plane prior to the accident.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the accident.

Traumatic Brain Injury Facts

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30% of all injury deaths in the U.S. are caused by traumatic brain injuries (TBI). In 2010, there were approximately 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, or deaths related to traumatic brain injuries. The CDC estimates about 15.5% of all TBI are caused by a person being struck by/against an object. 


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