Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Plane Kills Jogger in Emergency Beach Landing

In a horrible accident, a small prop plane turned glider (after losing its prop) struck and killed a jogger during the emergency beach landing. The jogger, a 38 year old father of two, could not hear the plane approaching him from behind both from the lack of noise and because he was listening to music. The pilot was unable see and avoid the jogger since his vision was obstructed by oil on the windshield.


"A 38-year-old father of two was jogging and listening to his iPod when he was hit from behind and killed by a small plane making an emergency landing on the beach, officials said Tuesday.

Robert Gary Jones of Woodstock, Ga., died instantly Monday evening when he was hit by the single-engine plane, which had lost its propeller, said Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen. The pilot's vision was blocked by oil on the windshield.

Jones apparently did not see or hear the plane, which was "basically gliding," the coroner said.

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