VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. —A lawn care worker was clipped by a plane as it took off at a Port Orange fly-in community.
The private plane hit the worker shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was struck by the plane's right wing as it was taxiing through the Spruce Creek neighborhood, deputies said.
The man was taken to a local hospital after complaining of back pain. His injuries are non-like-threatening.
The plane sustained minor damage to the wing.
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(WESH) - A Florida man is recovering after he was struck by a landing plane.
Part of the single-engine plane's wing was visibly damaged by the accident Thursday at Spruce Creek Fly-In Airpark near Port Orange.
Larry Kooney said his son, Larry Kooney, II, 42, is still in the hospital, recovering from the injuries.
"He came and said, 'Larry just got hit by a plane,' and as a father, you know, my reaction was pretty distraught at the time," the elder Kooney said.
Kooney said there was no warning and that his son, who had his back to the plane and was wearing ear protection, never saw or heard the plane coming. He said he is thankful his son is alive.
"There were several pieces of plexiglass on the ground which came off. That's how hard the plane hit him. It actually broke pieces of the plane," Kooney said.
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The contractor was wearing a headset at the time, the Association said in an email to residents.
“SCPOA greatly urges all to stop, look, listen and be sure all is clear when near the taxiways,” the email said. “Please, please, please do not wear ear buds, earplugs, headsets or anything else that may impact your ability to hear aircraft.”
The contractor was unable to move after being hit and was taken to the hospital, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said..
His condition was not immediately available.
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