A passenger on a private flight headed out of Key West stepped in front of the plane Saturday night and was struck by the propeller, which severed one of her arms and a foot, police said.
The woman was first taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and then airlifted to a Miami-area hospital in stable condition, according to Adam Linhardt, the spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Florida Highway Patrol identified the woman as 46-year-old Rebecca Lynn Gray, of Naples.
The incident happened at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday at the Key West International Airport.
Only Gray and the pilot were aboard the flight.
The pilot tried to taxi on the runway but the plane wouldn’t move, Linhardt said.
The pilot got out, while the plane was still running, to check to see if the plane’s tires were still in the wheel chocks, the wedges of sturdy material put against a plane’s wheels to prevent accidental movement.
He told Gray to stay in the plane but she got out, Linhardt said.
The pilot then told Gray not to go to the front of the plane but she did and she came in contact with the propeller. It severed her arm and foot.
Gray was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial hospital.
This story will be updated as new information becomes available