16.3.10

Jogger Killed by Errant Aircraft: iPod Partially to Blame

This story sucks no matter how you slice it. A 38 year old husband and father of two is dead, which is the entirely shitty part. The completely unbelievable, horribly uncanny and freakishly unsettling part? He was killed by a FREAKING AIRPLANE which was making an emergency landing because it had lost a propeller, which spewed engine oil onto its windshield.

The kicker to this whole Twilight Zone episode, however, is that it might have been prevented had the runner not been listening to his iPod. That's right. The iPod, apparently, kept the runner from hearing the trouble looming from above. From the Associated Press:
A 38-year-old jogger from Georgia is dead after a single-engine plane making an emergency landing hit him as he ran on a South Carolina beach listening to his iPod.

The coroner said Tuesday that Robert Gary Jones of Woodstock, Ga., apparently did not hear the troubled plane that struck him from behind on Hilton Head Island on Monday. The plane had lost its propeller and the pilot's vision was blocked by oil on the windshield.

No matter how you look at it, this is both tragic AND surreal.

1 comment:

  1. Who keeps their iPod so loud that they can't hear an AIRPLANE? If ever I run with mine, I keep it as low as can, so I can hear (at the very least) planes, trains, and automobiles. Stories like this just make me sad.

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