Co-workers mourn woman struck by plane propeller

Sarah Rhoads died after getting hit in the head by a propeller. (Photo/Start Skydiving
Sarah Rhoads died after getting hit in the head by a propeller. (Photo/Start Skydiving

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – Sarah Rhoads died from her injuries Tuesday Morning, two days after she was hit by a spinning plane propeller.

She was transported to the hospital with severe head injuries on Sunday afternoon from a Middletown skydiving zone.

Rhodes, 24, was employed by Start Skydiving as the Manifest Reservations Manager or Business Manager. That job involved lining up airplanes with jumpers and keeping track of how much weight is going up in the air.

2 NEWS spoke with Start Skydiving owner John Hart about the accident. He believes Rhoads was getting a food order from the pilot, which is something she usually did, but typically the planes she goes up to have the propeller on the front.  This one had them on the wings.

“We can only assume she is so used to walking out and talking to the pilot with no props there, that she accidentally made a mistake,” said Hart

Hart said Rhoads was like family and their entire team is upset over the accident.

Rhoads had been working at Start Skydiving for three years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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