Sani Aliyu, a 21 year college student’s date ended in tragedy on Sunday night when he was killed by the propeller of a light aircraft he’d rented for the evening, authorities said.
Sani Aliyu, was hit in the head twice at Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport on Sunday night after he got off a plane piloted by two friends who had taken him and a woman to nearby Savannah, according to officials and reports.
“They flew to Savannah to go on a date, flew back, landed at the Statesboro Airport, and the young lady got off the plane, and he got off the airplane and walked toward the front of the plane, and when he did, the propeller hit him,” Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch told the Statesboro Herald.
Savannah is about 55 miles southeast of Statesboro, where GSU has its main campus.
The gruesome freak accident happened after the single-engine Cessna had “taxied onto the ramp area” and was stationary at around 10:35 p.m., a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson told the Herald. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
The other people on board were the pilot, a co-pilot and another passenger who was a friend of Aliyu’s, according to Capt. Todd Hutchens of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office.
Futch referred to the friend as a young woman with whom Aliyu had been on a date, and he and Hutchens said Aliyu apparently also knew the pilot and co-pilot, but authorities were not naming any of the others as of Monday.
“Nobody is really at fault of anything,” Hutchens said. “It was an accident.”
Sani Aliyu was an Atlanta resident a student at Georgia Southern University.