A pilot died Monday after he was struck in the head by a moving airplane propeller, according to officials.
The single-engine plane pilot was struck in the head after he got out of his aircraft in the ramp area of Gillespie Field in El Cajon east of San Diego.
Gordon Woodard, 41, was taken to the hospital with critical injuries where he died later, according to airport spokesperson Ian Gregor.
Woodard realized the engine had stalled after pulling it out of the hangar. "We believe he got out of the plane to manually start the propeller," said Gregor in a statement.
"When the propeller engaged, it struck him in the head." In the aviation industry, starting the engine manually is called "hot propping," and is generally considered very dangerous.More here: