Sarah Rhoads dies after walking into airplane propeller at Middletown, Ohio skydiving business

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - A longtime employee of a skydiving company died Tuesday after sustaining serious injuries when she was struck by spinning airplane's propeller on Sunday at a Butler County airfield in southwest Ohio.

The original incident happened about 1 p.m. June 1 at a private business. It's next to the Middletown Regional Airport , also known as Hook Field.

Middletown Fire Capt. Jeff Spaulding said Sarah Rhoads, an employee at Start Skydiving walked into an operating propeller on a Nouvel Air airplane, according to the Journal-News .  He said Rhoads suffered "severe head injuries."

After receiving treatment at the site, Rhoads was transported by Miami Valley Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital.

The Butler County Coroner's office confirmed Rhoads died Tuesday.

Start Skydiving owner John Hart said that the company did not own the plane, and that it belonged to another skydiving company in the area, according to the Journal-News.

"She just made an error," Hart said of his long-term employee. "Usually the propellers are going so fast, you can't see them. She probably walked around the nose and didn't see it."

Hart said this is the first "prop strike" the company has experienced.

The FAA was notified and the Middletown Division of Police assisted them with their investigation, according to the Middletown Division of Police.

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