Sunday, October 13, 2019

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N5522S: Accident occurred October 12, 2019 at Key West International Airport (KEYW), Monroe County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

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https://registry.faa.gov/N5522S

NTSB Identification: GAA20CA025
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Key West, FL
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N5522S

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

During aircraft runup passenger got out to remove chocks and made contact with the propeller.

Date: 13-OCT-19
Time: 01:00:00Z
Regis#: N5522S
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: KEY WEST
State: FLORIDA

A Florida woman lost her right hand and two toes on her right foot when a propeller blade hit her Saturday as she was helping to prepare a private plane for takeoff at Key West International Airport.

A report from the Miami office of the Florida Highway Patrol listed Rebecca Lynn Gray, 45, as a passenger in a Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP plane being piloted by her husband, Walter V. Gray, 46. The couple rented the plane in Fort Myers, where they reside.

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation of the accident, her father-in-law W.V. Gray Sr., told the Fort Myers News-Press, part of the USA TODAY Network.

"My daughter-in-law, Rebecca, will recover," he said. "Obviously, it could have been much worse, for which we are very thankful."

At approximately 9:30 p.m. EDT, Gray was outside of the aircraft removing the chock blocks that were keeping the plane's wheels in place, in preparation for takeoff, the FHP report said. The engine was on and the single, front-mounted propeller was spinning.

As she removed the chock blocks from the plane's front wheel, the right side of the spinning propeller struck the right side of her body.

Gray was initially taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and later flown out to Ryder Trauma in Miami.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.usatoday.com




A Fort Myers woman trying to help prepare a private plane for takeoff at Key West International Airport lost her right hand and two toes on her right foot when the plane's propeller hit her Saturday.

A report from the Miami office of the Florida Highway Patrol said Rebecca Lynn Gray, 45, was a passenger in a Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP plane being piloted by her husband, Walter V. Gray, 46.

The Grays are Fort Myers residents and the plane had been rented by the couple out of Fort Myers, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation of the accident, her father-in-law W.V. Gray Sr., said.

"My daughter-in-law, Rebecca, will recover," he said. "Obviously, it could have been much worse, for which we are very thankful."

The Florida Highway Patrol Report said the plane, with a single propeller attached to its front, was parked around 9:30 p.m. at the Key West Airport in an airplane parking zone and the aircraft’s engine was turned on and the propeller was spinning.

Rebecca Gray was outside of the aircraft removing the chock blocks that were keeping the plane's wheels in place, in preparation for take-off, the Florida Highway Patrol 
 report said.

While she was removing the chocks from the plane's front wheel, the right side of the spinning airplane propeller struck the right side of her body.

She was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and flown out to Ryder Trauma in Miami.

A report from the Associated Press said she lost her arm and foot when she was struck by the propeller.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.usatoday.com

A passenger on a private flight headed out of Key West stepped in front of the plane Saturday night and was struck by the propeller, which severed one of her arms, police said.

Rebecca Lynn Gray, 45, of Fort Myers, was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and then airlifted to a Miami-area hospital in stable condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, which is handling the case.

The incident happened at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday at the Key West International Airport.

Her husband, Walter Gray, 46, witnessed the incident and was the pilot of the Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP. The plane was a rental out of Fort Myers.

A Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the woman’s foot was also severed but Florida Highway Patrol said they could only confirm the woman lost an arm.

The incident began when Walter Gray tried to taxi on the runway but the plane wouldn’t move.

He got out, while the plane was still running, to check to see if the plane’s tires were still in the wheel chocks, the wedges of sturdy material put against a plane’s wheels to prevent accidental movement.

He told his wife to stay in the plane but she got out.

Gray then told his wife not to go to the front of the plane but she did. She went to remove chocks from the plane’s tires and she came in contact with the propeller.

Key West Fire Rescue took the woman to Lower Keys Medical Center.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.miamiherald.com

A propeller on a private plane severed a Florida woman's arm and foot, according to authorities.

The woman, a resident of Naples, was struck by the propeller at the Key West International Airport Saturday around 8:45 p.m., according to a news release by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The pilot and female passenger were preparing to taxi in the private plane when it "would not move or was having some other unknown mechanical issue," authorities said.

The pilot then exited the plane while it was still running to see if the chocks placed by the airplane tires when stationary on the tarmac were still in place. The passenger was struck by the propeller after she exited and walked to the front of the aircraft.

The victim was first taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island and later flown in stable condition to the Jackson Memorial Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, authorities said, adding that her condition on Sunday was not known.

It is also not clear what caused the plane to not move.

Additional information was not immediately available. The victim's identity was not released.

Florida Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://abcnews.go.com

6 comments:

dwn said...

unbelievable, you can't make this stuff up; no one would believe it!

Unknown said...

I cant see how these things happen same as getting hit by a train it must be natural selection I bet the next time ileens husband says dont cross the tracks a trains coming she might listen ? ileen or lefty im going with ileen

CFI no mo' said...

Well, if you've ever been married ...

Unknown said...

This is true why else chalk the front wheel

skydad said...

Before Taxi Checklist: "Parking Brake.....Off". Really sad though.

Anonymous said...

Pilot in Command big error. You do not remove the chucks with running engine, In addition front chocks and at night! He school shut the engine first.