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Woman stepped into rotating plane propeller at Popham Airfield
A WOMAN had a lucky escape from serious injury after she stepped into the path of a rotating plane propeller.
The accident took place at 11am on Saturday, May 5 this year, while the microlight airplane was sat running idle at Popham Airfield.
The details appear in a report by the Air Accident Investigation Branch for the Department for Transport.
The 54-year-old pilot had refuelled the Ikarus C42 FB80 microlight airplane before starting the engine and was running it at idle to allow it to warm up.
The report read: “His passenger was strapped in and the doors were closed but the passenger comp-lained that she could not find her mobile telephone and suddenly, against the advice of the pilot, opened the door, stepped out of the aircraft and into the path of the rotating propeller.”
The passenger suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder, and two of the three propeller blades were damaged.
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