NC man on lawn mower hit by plane flying in from Crossville

NC man on lawn mower hit by plane flying in from Crossville

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A man riding a lawn mower was hit by a small plane. (Courtesy: NY Daily News) A man riding a lawn mower was hit by a small plane. (Courtesy: NY Daily News)
TAYLORSVILLE, NC (WATE/WKRN) - A North Carolina man was seriously injured when a plane coming in from East Tennessee landed on him while he was on a riding lawn mower.

The incident happened Saturday at North Carolina’s Taylorsville Airport.

The NY Daily News reports the pilot, 84-year-old Edward Sisson, was flying in from Crossville and was trying to touch down on a grassy landing strip. Sisson ended up hitting John Ruffy, 74, as he rode a lawn mower going in the same direction.

Ruffy’s hand was severed by the plane’s propeller. He was airlifted to a nearby hospitalized where he remains in critical condition. Sisson was not injured.

Officials said the airport is privately owned and does not have a traffic control operator.

The National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident. No charges have been filed in the case.
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