EDMOND, Okla. (AP) _ A hospital administrator died after the propeller of a small airplane he was working on struck him, police said.
Peter Hayes died at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center after being flown there from his Edmond residence, police spokeswoman Glynda Chu said Sunday.
Hayes, 53, was working on the aircraft about 4 p.m. when the wooden propeller in the plane's rear hit him in the head and on the right side of his shoulder, Chu said.
A neighbor found him wounded near the plane.
``I've never heard of anyone being struck by a blade like that,'' Chu said. ``It's really horrible.''
Hayes was director of information systems for Edmond Medical Center.
Mike Rhoades, director of human resources at the hospital, said Hayes was in charge of computer operations.
``He was an outstanding employee,'' Rhoades said. ``Very dedicated. Trustworthy. A great husband.''
Marilyn Smith, Hayes' neighbor about four years, said working on planes was one of Hayes' hobbies.
``Pete was just a nice fella,'' she said. ``He was active in our neighborhood association. It just was a horrible, horrible thing that happened to him.''