The NTSB has released its preliminary report into a deadly July incident at the airport in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Just before 5 p.m. on July 26, 69-year-old Lenny Kramer of Florida died after he was struck in the head by a plane propeller as he was inspecting the aircraft at the Cleveland Regional Jetport.
According to the report released by the National Safety Transportation Board, the pilot's wife told Federal Aviation Administration officials that she and her husband had flown the Cessna earlier in the day then left the airport to run errands. She said they returned to the airport and she stood outside the plane as her husband conducted a preflight inspection.
She said she heard the "propeller move," which she described as unusual and heard the engine like it was starting or trying to start, the report states. She looked up and noticed her husband fall to the ground. She thought the propeller stopped at that time and she ran to get help. She said the ignition key was in her husband's pocket at the time of the accident.
Kramer was transported by Life Force to Erlanger hospital, where he later passed away.
Read the full report here.