Taylorsville, NC — Earlier this year, a man riding a lawn mower was badly injured after he was involved in an accident with a plane that was trying to make a landing. John Rufty, 74, lost his left hand after it was severed by a plane’s propellor, police said.
At the time, Rufty was using his lawn mower near the Taylorsville Airport when a small plane came in for landing. Apparently, there was no air traffic control to tell the plane’s pilot – Edward Sisson – that someone was on the ground and Rufty wasn’t warned either.
As the plane was touching down on the airport’s landing strip, the propellor came into contact with Rufty’s hand and severed it. The accident was investigated by both the NTSB and the FAA, but no charges were being filed at the end of April.
It’s not clear why Rufty wasn’t able to hear or see the plane coming in for its landing that day.
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