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Woman killed by airplane propeller: Walked into moving propeller on tarmac

A woman was killed by a moving propeller over the weekend. She walked into the propeller.
A woman was killed by a moving propeller over the weekend. She walked into the propeller.
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A 24-year-old woman, who worked for a skydiving company died from injuries after walking into a plane's moving propeller. The propellers are loud, but you can't see them when they are moving because they move so fast, according to HNGN News on June 4.

When a propeller is moving, you can look right through them as if they are not there. Sarah Rhoads of Ohio, had walked out to the tarmac to ask a pilot if he wanted something to eat and walked right into the moving propeller on a standing plane.

Her head was severely injured in this accident on Sunday afternoon and the coroner confirmed that she died from a severe head injury, which was caused by a moving plane propeller. Rhoads had worked for the Start Skydiving Company in Middleton, Ohio for three years, according to ABC News Local 8.

Rhoads was the facility's office manager. One of the co-owners of the Skydiving company, John Hart, said "this death is just a freak accident that I wish never happened." The company is based at the Middletown Regional Airport and Rhoads would often walk out to the pilots sitting in their planes and ask them if they were hungry.

Hart said that Rhoads must have forgotten that this plane had two propellers on its wings when walking out to the plane. This is the first propeller accident the company has had since it opened nine years ago.

Employees gathered at the airport company for a memorial they setup for Rhodes, a banner that said "Never quit" was set up near where the accident happened. That was what Rhoads would have wanted said Hart, she wouldn't want anyone to quit over this.

While this would not have prevented the accident that happened to Rhoads, the company is planning to put up fences and gates to keep others from wandering around the sitting planes with their propellers going. The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation, which is the typical protocol after any accident involving an aircraft.

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