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Flight student’s arm severed by airplane propeller

December 7, 2012

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A man’s arm was severed by an airplane propeller on Sunday in Stanly County, North Carolina, reports WSOC-TV.

Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating the accident, which happened at Stanly County Airport.

The victim, who is a flight school student with Pressley Aviation, started his day by flying from Goose Creek Airport in Union County to Stanly County Airport.

He was piloting a Cessna 172 and had landed the plane when the accident happened.

"Somehow or another, he ended up in the propeller. A propeller moving on an aircraft, you're not going to be able to see, but you can hear it," said Stanly County airport director David Griffin.

The victim’s arm was severed above the elbow.

Leighton Pressley and his 16-year-old daughter were at the airport when the accident happened.

According to airport officials, Pressley was able to use his belt as a tourniquet until emergency responders arrived, and his quick action may have saved Singh's life.

The injured man was airlifted to Charlotte Medical Center Main, where he was listed in fair condition on Tuesday.

Having completed nearly 60 hours of flight experience, the man was close to reaching his private pilot certification.

"His goal, as I understand it, was to finish up this week," Griffin said.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an aviation accident, the Ohio personal injury lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy may be able to help.

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