FAA investigating how Lauren Scruggs walked into the spinning propeller of a plane
Paul NapoliDecember 07, 2011 3:30 PM
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking into an accident in which a beautiful young woman suffered horrific injuries from walking into a propeller after exiting a plane on Saturday, reports TV Guide.
Lauren Scruggs, a 23-year-old model and founder/editor of the fashion site LOLO Magazine, had flown over Dallas, TX on Saturday evening to view Christmas lights. The pilot then landed the 2011 two-seater Aviat Husky A-1C-180 at a private airport in McKinney, north of Dallas.
According to Fox News, Scruggs exited the plane as it sat on the tarmac and another passenger was getting in. After disembarking, Scruggs somehow walked directly into the path of the spinning propeller.
Scruggs’ family believes she perhaps went to thank the pilot when the accident occurred.
Cheryl Scruggs, Lauren’s mother was inside the airport when the accident happened and stayed with her daughter until a care flight helicopter transported her to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
The propeller severed Scruggs’ left hand and damaged the left side of her upper body, including her left shoulder, head and face. She is recovering, but may lose sight in her left eye and the extent of her brain injury is unknown.
Scruggs’ parents spoke to ABC’s Good Morning America, saying their daughter has been awake and spoken a little after having several surgeries over the weekend.
“It sounds like this is a combination of a bad procedure by the pilot and the passenger not properly realizing her proximity,” aviation consultant John Nance told ABC. “One of the things I'd have to look at is why in the world a pilot permitted a passenger to board or deboard while a propeller was turning.”