Man struck, killed by propeller may not have heard plane

4:17 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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BUTTE COUNTY, CA - A man who died when he was struck by the propeller of a small plane in Biggs Thursday afternoon has been identified.

He was Willie Valdez Suarez, 66, from Houston, Texas, said the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Suarez was part of a crew repaving a private airstrip at Williams AG Service at 1614 Afton Road. The plane had just landed when Suarez was struck.

The sheriff's department learned from the victim's family and witnesses that he was severely hearing impaired.

Suarez was pronounced dead at the scene.

The plane was a fixed wing, single engine turbo prop belonging to Williams AG Service.

The FAA was contacted to investigate as well as Cal-OSHA.


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