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Georgia college student killed by plane’s propeller after returning from date

A college student died after being hit by the propeller of a small plane as he landed at an airport in southeast Georgia after returning from a date, officials said. FAA spokesman Steve Kulm said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Board are investigating Sunday night’s death at Statesboro-Buloch County Airport.

Bulloch County Coroner Jake Fuchs told the Statesboro Herald that Sani Aliu of Atlanta and a young woman had gone on a date from a single-engine Cessna to nearby Savannah and back. He said the plane landed safely on the return trip to Statesboro.

The woman “got off the plane and went to the rear of the plane,” Fuchs said, “and she got off the plane and went to the front of the plane, and when she did, the propeller hit her.”

School spokeswoman Melanie Simon said 21-year-old Aliyu was a student enrolled at Georgia Southern University.

Captain Todd Hutchens of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office said a pilot and co-pilot had flown the couple. He said representatives were sharing the information gathered with the FAA and NTSB.

“Nobody’s really at fault or anything,” Hutchence said. “That was an accident.”

Georgia Southern University dean of students Dr. Eileen Dowell said in a statement to the Statesboro Herald that the school was “deeply saddened” by the news.

“I’m already in contact with his family and professors, and we’ve mobilized all available resources for counseling and any other support the university may offer,” Dowell said.

In July, a 22-year-old British tourist in Greece was murdered after allegedly being hit by a helicopter’s propeller,

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