The head flight instructor for the Beverly Flight Center was killed this past week after being struck by a moving propeller. The victim, a Weymouth resident, had been an instructor for the past ten years at the Beverly Airport.
The Essex District Attorney’s Office stated that the pilot’s death appears to be accidental. The accident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. on August 27th. The DA’s office further stated that the victim exited his plane on the runway in order to assist another instructor that was in the process of helping a student with a canopy. It was the propeller on his own plane which struck him.
The victim was pronounced dead upon the arrival of rescue workers at the scene of the accident. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston will be conducting an autopsy.
The airport has been closed down and will remain out of service until an investigation is conducted. The FAA will be the lead agency charged with conducting the investigation, along with the State Police, the Beverly Police, officials from the National Transportation and Safety Board and the state medical examiner’s office. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be investigating the accident.
Work fatalities are never an easy thing to deal with for the surviving friends and family members. Often times, there are many legal questions surrounding the loss of a loved one.
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Source: Weymouth pilot killed in Beverly Airport propeller accident, The Georgetown Record, August 30, 2010