Tue, Nov 14, 2006
Things could have
turned out far worse for an unidentified Canadian man this weekend.
He suffered non-life threatening injuries, after accidentally
walking into the spinning propeller of a Cessna 150.
The incident occurred Sunday afternoon in the small hamlet of
Kleefield, located about 30 miles southeast of Winnipeg.
Authorities said the 50-year-old man was struck by the plane as it
taxied from a local church to a nearby hangar.
"They were about to cross [the road] and one of the men who was
helping him walked in front of the propeller," RCMP Staff Sgt.
Steve Saunders told the Winnipeg Sun. "He had his vehicle there and
he was trying to make sure that the wing of the plane was going to
clear his vehicle."
The plane did clear his car... but the man apparently did not
see the spinning propeller. He suffered a dislocated shoulder, and
cuts to his right side.
"The chances of surviving impact with a propeller on any
aircraft is remote," Saunders said. "This gentleman is extremely
The man is now hospitalized in Winnipeg. The Royal Canadian
Mounted Police is conducting an investigation into the incident,
along with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
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