Propellor death pilot deafened by headset
A FORMER RAF pilot killed when he walked into the spinning blades of a aircraft couldn’t hear them – because he was deafened by a headset, a report has found.
Flying instructor Alistair Mathie, 67, had just landed the Piper J3C-65 Cub at an airstrip when he had a “momentary lapse in concentration” and walked into the propellers.
He was instantly killed after suffering a severe head injury and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The incident happened shortly after 3pm on January 28 after he touched down at Priory Farm airstrip in Norfolk to allow a student to take control for a flying lesson.
A report by the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has revealed Mathie was wearing his headset at the time of the accident and may not have heard the engine.
A postmortem report found the injuries Mathie, from Burgate, Norfolk, sustained were consistent with him having had his head down at the time of the accident.
He had no medical conditions which could have contributed to the accident, the report found.
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