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Thread: Model Walks Into Plane Propeller

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    OMG that's awful!!
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    Amazing she survived it. Goodness.
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    I was really hoping the thread title pertained to a bad joke. :(
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    They needed an "aviation enthusiast's" synopsis on how a spinning airplane propeller can kill you? Guess we would've been in the dark about that

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    How is that possible? Complete and utter inattentiveness?

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    Actually got a friend at ADS and he actually took me to that airport on an errand. Going to call him.

    He is going to see what he can find out, here is a link with more info, if true it sounds like she just got too close and probably got sucked in. Prop was spinning at a fast rate and not being shut down since plane was picking up someone to turn around.

    http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/Pla...opeller-120511
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    She was likely drunk....
    And I, I took the path less traveled by
    and that has made all the difference......yet...
    I have a feeling a handle of people are going to be very interested in what I post in the near future.

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    Are you saying that based on news reports, Mario, or just speculating? Because plenty of people - including those who work around airplanes - walk into props without being drunk.

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    Looks like the only one who knows the whole story is the pilot. When I was there I didn't see much of any FBO. Just fuelers. It's a very desolate airport. My buddy doesn't know anybody there. His boss at at ADS knows someone but they don't know jack so unless the pilot talks (unlikely) we can just speculate she didn't know any better and ran in front of the prop. Which was spinning because the plane was quickly departing with another passenger and she got sucked in because she got too close.
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    That referenced Fox News article says it was a Husky.

    The pic in this link says it all:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:G-HSKI-Huskie-095.jpg

    Look where the guy standing is in relation to the strut. There is nothing in between him and the prop to be in your way and stop you. The article says she was exiting and another passenger was boarding. It takes all your concentration to squeeze in and out of that back seat. You have to lean forward, swing your right leg out and step on the right tire, then pull your left side out and step down where your back is most likely to the prop. When she got out her guard was down, turned left and walked into the invisible spinning prop.

    You NEVER deplane a single hot like that unless you have a ground crewmen to strap your pax in, and even then it's not a good idea and dangerous. We give rides in Cubs at Bayport Fly-ins and most of the guys shut down even though we have ground handlers escorting to and from. Its much better to deal with a hot start and prolonged hand prop, then it is to risk a non-pilot passenger walking into the prop. At the last one the only planes that didn't shut down were the Stearmans. The CAP kids were getting rides one after the other, but we had members literally walking to and from the cockpit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mirrodie View Post
    She was likely drunk....
    According to her parents she didnt drink or do drugs. Of course that doesnt mean she didnt but they are also religious people. So who knows but it is a very tragic story.

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    Pure speculation on my part. Usually, if I am near something that can kill me, (crazy women, edge of a cliff, etc) I respect it by giving it a lot of room.

    Just makes we wonder.
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    And I, I took the path less traveled by
    and that has made all the difference......yet...
    I have a feeling a handle of people are going to be very interested in what I post in the near future.

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    Her mother is saying now she went to thank the pilot. Not sure what she exactly did but she is talking now so I am sure we will get more info.
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    Never get out of a high-wing airplane with the prop spinning. She got out of the plane, instead of turning right she turned to her other right, and this is what happened. Tragic.

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