Plane propeller kills Georgia student after overnight flight

A Georgia student was killed when he was struck by the propeller of the small plane he was in for an overnight flight, officials said Tuesday.

The crash was reported shortly after 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport in Georgia, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

“After the plane taxied to the tarmac, a passenger exited and was struck by the propeller,” the agency said.

Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch told the Herald of Statesboro that the student, Sani Aliyu from Atlanta, was on a date that included a round-trip flight to Savannah.

Aliyu, 21, was from Nigeria, NBC Affiliate WSAV of Savannah reported.

Bulloch County Sheriff’s Captain Todd Hutchens said The Associated Press that a pilot and a co-pilot were also on the plane. A total of four people were on board, the FAA said.

The plane, a single-engine Cessna 172, landed without incident, the federal agency said.

Aliyu was a sophomore at Georgia Southern University, school officials said. Aileen C. Dowell, dean of students at the Statesboro school, said grief counselors will be available to students.

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic incident that involved one of our students on Sunday evening,” she said in a statement to WSAV. “We have mobilized all available resources to provide advice and any other assistance the university can provide.”

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