Human vs. propeller- scary scenario

It doesn’t happen often, but it has happened again- an online fashion editor exited a private airplane after viewing Christmas lights and decorations from the air and walked into the propeller causing her severe injuries. I can’t imagine what she or her family and friends are going through and hope she recovers from this devistating accident.

As a pilot, this is just a sad reminder that we are responsible for the safety of our passengers in the aircraft and on the ramp. Situational awareness is developed during training for us but our passengers are oblivious to the dangers awaiting them when they are on the tarmac. Outside of being involved in a crash, this is probably the most devistating scenario for anyone who flies an airplane. Keep control of your passengers from the parking lot or FBO through boarding, deplaning and until they are clear of the ramp. It is your job to protect them from the hazards that we as pilots acknowledge are part of a gift that we are fortunate to know.

If you are invited to fly with someone, remember that you are in an unfamiliar and potentially dangerous environment- do not wander or allow those with you, like children, to wander around the aircraft or ramp. Follow the instructions of your pilot and he or she will make your flight a safe and enjoyable adventure.


About John Sep

Former Space Shuttle aerospace technician and private pilot now looking towards the next great adventure. Soon to be heading home from my overseas assignment! Transfered my blog from MySpace to here so check my older stuff for info and pictures from my days in space shuttle processing- lots of behind the scenes stuff! He drew pics, flew planes, fought fires and helped launch people into space - what will he do next?
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