NC man on lawn mower hit by plane flying in from Crossville
A man riding a lawn mower was hit by a small plane. (Courtesy: NY Daily News)
TAYLORSVILLE, NC (WATE/WKRN) - A North Carolina man was seriously injured when a plane coming in from East Tennessee landed on him while he was on a riding lawn mower.
The incident happened Saturday at North Carolina’s Taylorsville Airport.
The NY Daily News reports the pilot, 84-year-old Edward Sisson, was flying in from Crossville and was trying to touch down on a grassy landing strip. Sisson ended up hitting John Ruffy, 74, as he rode a lawn mower going in the same direction.
Ruffy’s hand was severed by the plane’s propeller. He was airlifted to a nearby hospitalized where he remains in critical condition. Sisson was not injured.
Officials said the airport is privately owned and does not have a traffic control operator.
The National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident. No charges have been filed in the case.