Model accidentally walks into airplane propeller

by nph | December 9th, 2011

December 9, 2011

A model and editor of an online fashion magazine, Lauren Scruggs, 23, was seriously injured on Saturday, December 3, at a private airport in McKinney, Texas, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The North Texas woman lost her hand and suffered severe eye, shoulder, and head injuries when she walked into the aircraft’s spinning blades.

After a flight to see Christmas lights, she had just gotten off the two-seater 2011 Aviat Husky A-1C-180 plane to give her seat to another passenger for the next flight when she apparently walked in front of the propeller.

Scruggs was airlifted by Careflight helicopter to Parkland Hospital.

Since the accident, she has undergone several surgeries. She had her hand amputated and underwent surgery to save the sight in her left eye. Her injured eye is still “non-responsive.”

In spite of her horrific injuries, Scruggs is determined to get on with her recovery and took her first steps on Wednesday.

A posted message on her website reads, “Lauren walks! This morning… the physical therapist assisted Lauren in walking for the first time.”

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.

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Do you think that there was any way that this accident could have been avoided?

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