Plano Woman, Model Seriously Injured In Airplane Propeller Accident

PLANO (CBS 11 NEWS) – A young model from Plano is recovering after suffering horrific injuries from walking into the moving propeller on a small plane over the weekend. CBS 11 spoke with her family about the terrible accident.

Lauren Scruggs’ life was changed in an instant on Saturday night, after she stepped off of the private plane.

Until the weekend, Lauren had been enjoying a life of modeling shoots and carving a career as a magazine editor. Then the 23-year-old took a private plane ride.

The trip ended with a horrible accident that left Lauren disfigured and close to death.

Lauren’s father, Jeff Scruggs, recalled seeing his daughter at the hospital.

“I asked her if she could hear me to squeeze my hand and she did,” he said.

Lauren’s parents say they are relying on their Christian faith for strength and will maintain a vigil at their daughter’s hospital bedside.

Lauren’s trip in the private plane began at Aero County Airport, just outside McKinney.

According to CBS 11 sources, the pilot had been hosting a party at his house, near the runway, and was taking guests on plane rides to look at holiday lights from the air. FAA officials say Lauren had just gotten out of the plane when she walked right into a moving propeller blade. She suffered a fractured skull, severe cuts and her left hand was amputated.

Family spokesperson Janee Harrell said Lauren might have seen the blade before it hit her. “It appears she put up her hand to block her face, which is why it was severed,” said Harrell.

While the woman’s injures were very serious, her condition has improved. “She’s even responding more today. She’s opening her eyes, moving around the bed… which is really moving around,” said Harrell. “She’s uncomfortable, but it’s a good thing.”

The pilot who flew the 2011 Aviat Husky did not respond to interview requests.

The FAA issued a statement that said, in part, “We are still investigating and will interview the pilot and any other witnesses.”

The Scruggs family believes the investigation will confirm that the accident was just that — an accident.

Lauren’s mother, Cheryl Scruggs, said, “We know that Lauren will soar because of this. She was hit by a propeller but she will be propelled to do God’s work and claim him in all that she does.”

As a testament to Lauren’s improving condition, doctors removed her breathing tube Monday and family members say the young woman is responsive and breathing on her own.

There is a chance Lauren’s fractured skull could leave her blind in one eye, but her family expects she will recover from her other injuries.

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One Comment

  1. Kevin says:

    How are you going to miss a propeller blade when you know it’s there?

    1. jeff gleason says:


  2. Tom says:

    The propeller of an aircraft even at idle creates a lot of wind. Couple that with the noise it makes cutting through the air, plus the noise of the engine and even with it being at night, any light in the area would cause some flash/reflection from the blades. No one with even a bit of common sense is going to think GEE, let’s go this way and walk into it. I’d guess since she was attending a ‘party’ there is alcohol, drugs or both involved.
    And before anyone get all indignant and says, ‘you’d feel differently if it happened to someone in your family’, You would be wrong because, I don’t know of anyone in my family dumb enough to walk into a spinning propeller!

    1. Alice says:

      You obviously do not have an ounce of compassion in your entire body. Shame on you!

      1. James says:

        Proverbs 24:9

        King James Version (KJV)

        9The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

    2. Jim says:

      Tom’s right, and he is not showing a lack of compassion. Something is not right with this story–an operating propeller on a small plane is NOISY, scary, and impossible to ignore. Tom is just pointing out an obvious question.

  3. Alice says:

    God grant her strength and a speedy recovery.

  4. James says:

    God took her face and hand…. How nice of your Deity

    1. Don says:

      God did not take her face and hand. The propeller did.

  5. evita says:

    although i feel very bad for her, i was thinking the same straigt after reading the article.”how can someone walk into the spinning propeller?!”-unless she was sucked inside?
    seems like both parties are accountable and people should not be/ are not allowed to disembark until the engines+propellers are turned off.

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