Middletown Woman Dies After Propeller Hits Head At Skydiving Business


UPDATED: Wednesday June 4, 2014 9:29 AM

A woman has died from injuries after she walked into a spinning airplane propeller at a southwest Ohio skydiving business.

Twenty-four-year-old Sarah Rhoads died early Tuesday in a Dayton hospital she had been flown to after Sunday's accident in Middletown. Authorities said she suffered severe head injuries.

She had been office manager for three years at Start Skydiving. It operates near Middletown Regional Airport.

Owner John Hart says it's the first time the business has had such an accident. He says it can be difficult to see fast-spinning propeller blades.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it will investigate the accident.

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