Man Killed By Prop, Airplane Crashes Same Day
David Herrington, 74, had just climbed out of a Cessna 210 at Hayward (Calif.) Executive Airport on Sunday when he was hit by the propeller and killed. Herrington had been along on a banner-towing flight with pilot Robert Franklin, 58. Later that same day, Franklin took off in the 210 and the engine failed on climbout. Franklin was able to get the airplane down on a nearby golf course, and was unhurt. "We are all in shock," Brent Shiner, manager of the city airport, told InsideBayArea.com. "When you get a call about an incident and it was the same plane that we had just been out for, it was very disheartening ... We haven't had a fatality in I don't know how long." The FAA said a propeller should be inspected after a strike, and it wasn't yet known if this one had been checked before the last takeoff. The airplane was substantially damaged.