Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Piper PA-28-161, N137AT: Accident occurred February 05, 2021 at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (KMRB), Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aircraft was parked and struck the pilot in the head. 

Date: 05-FEB-21
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N137AT
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91

MARTINSBURG, West Virginia  — A man was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, on February 5th after suffering a traumatic injury on the grounds of Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, a Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority official said.

The man, associated with a plane on the civilian side of the airport south of Martinsburg, was injured due to an equipment malfunction involving a plane on the ground, Field Operations Chief Chad Winebrenner said Saturday.

The injury was life-threatening, Winebrenner said.

The accident occurred around 4:30 to 5 p.m. Friday near a hangar.

The man was not an airport employee, Winebrenner said.

1 comment:

  1. Aircraft owner Dean Petix had stopped in Martinsburg to refuel, and was inspecting the aircraft before takeoff, when the aircraft started unexpectedly. He was struck in the head by the propeller, and remained unconscious until he was taken off life support and passed away at 4:55pm on 17 February 2021.

    He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Laura.