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Lawn mower operator loses his hand when plane crashes on top of him

By Mason White 10:01 AM April 29, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A man lost his hand after a plane crash landed on top of him.

74-year-old John Rufty, was mowing a lawn at the
Taylorsville airport in North Carolina, when the plane suddenly landed on top of him.

Rufty was mowing the grass just as he has done for the past 40 years when 84-year-old Edward Sisson, landed his single-engine plane.

Sisson, who flew in from Tennessee to visit family in Taylorsville, was unable to see Rufty until moments before the impact, according to authorities.

Highway Patrol Sergeant Brian Owenby, said that the small private airport has no air traffic controller so Rufty was not warned about the approaching aircraft.

The plane hit Rufty’s lawnmower, cutting his left hand with the propeller. Both the aircraft and the mower overturned.

The lawnmower was crushed under the right wing of the plane. Rufty was transferred to the nearby Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. His injuries are serious, but not fatal. Sisson was shaken, but walked away unharmed.

Investigators found that Sisson was a competent driver and this was an accident. No charges have been filed.