‘Freak accident’ hurts 2 students at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, police say

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Two students were taken to the hospital on Wednesday morning following an accident at a learning facility at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. One of them was seriously hurt.

Police are calling what happened at the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in Vienna a freak accident.

911 caller: “A engine went off in the hangar and striked someone in the face with a propeller.”

The accident happened inside of a classroom hangar at PIA’s Youngstown-Warren Branch campus located at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

“This is an aircraft maintenance facility where they teach maintenance and so forth. They were working on an engine and the engine — there was some type of freak accident,” Vienna Township Police Chief Bob Ludt said.

Police said at the time of the accident, the engine was on a stand.

Two 20-year-old men were hurt and taken to St. Elizabeth’s in Youngstown.

“One of them appears to be more serious than the other. One of them’s fairly serious. The other appears to be, maybe, a hand injury. That’s all we know at the moment,” Ludt said.

He said several other investigative agencies were notified about the accident, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. None of them chose to come out.

“All it is is a school incident, as far as a teaching incident. So we’ve tried to dot our i’s and cross our t’s, and make sure that anybody that might want to look at the scene had that option,” Ludt said.

Investigators haven’t released the victims’ names yet, but said one had surgery. Their conditions are not known at this point.

Editor’s note: The accident happened on the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport’s property, not at the Air Reserve Station. We regret the error.

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