iPod Jogger killed by plane

As one who enjoys running barefoot on the beach, and who listens to an iPod when running off the roads, sports injury lawyer Doug Landau was taken aback by the news reports of the death of a runner in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Apparently the ipod jogger was running along the beach with his iPod when a plane making an emergency landing hit him from behind, killing him instantly.

According to news reports, the 38-year-old father of two was on a business trip in Hilton Head Island, when a Lancair IV-P single-engine aircraft lost its propeller and was “basically gliding” Monday evening before hitting Jones, according to the coroner. “There’s no noise,” said aviation expert Mary Schiavo, a former inspector general for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). “So the jogger, with his ear buds in, and the plane without an engine, you’re basically a stealth aircraft. Who would expect to look up?”

The pilot and his passenger walked away from the crash landing near the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa. This jogger’s death is uncommon, but not unheard of: last year a Philadelphia jogger using an iPod died when a tree fell on her. Hard to say whether volume control might have saved him, but it is worth thinking about. One of the reasons Herndon Reston injury lawyer Doug Landau does not run on roads with cars or trucks with his iPod covering his ears is that he cannot hear motorized vehicles that are traveling behind him. On the beach, turf fields, trails and track, there is less danger from getting injured by drivers you don’t hear coming, or so the ABRAMS LANDAU injured athletes lawyer thought…

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