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Pilot killed by propeller was trying to help another pilot

Posted by Metro Desk  October 13, 2010 09:05 AM

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A flight instructor who died when he was hit by a plane's propeller in August at Beverly Municipal Airport was going to help a flight instructor and student in another plane to lock their canopy, a federal investigation has found.

The accident happened at about 12:26 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the airport. Pilots and flight instructors who witnessed the accident said the flight instructor who died was in a Piper PA-28-161, holding short of the runway, behind and to the right of a Piper Sport, the National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report said.

The flight instructor and student in the Piper Sport were "unable to get the canopy to lock correctly," the report said.

"The flight instructor in the accident airplane observed their attempts to close the canopy and decided to assist them. He opened the door of the accident airplane, exited, and then 'jumped off the leading edge of the wing.' He then came into contact with the moving propeller and was fatally injured," the report said.

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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