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FAA considers safety education for PIA in Vienna after propeller injury

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The Federal Aviation Administration has determined that there won't be a need for civil pentalities after an incident which left a student gravely injured. 

The Federal Aviation Administration told 21 News that  after an investigation into an accident in March at the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics at the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport, it has been determined they have "determined there is no need for an additional investigation."

Police say 20-year-old Zachary Norris was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown after he suffered a head injury from a propeller.

Elizabeth Isham Cory with FAA Public Affairs,  previously told 21 News that aviation schools must have an active certification from the FAA in order to operate.

Cory said at that time that schools must comply with the FAA regulations, and the FAA oversees the curriculum.

Following the FAA's investigation, Cory says they are looking at possible educational options for the school, which could include safety presentations. 

Officials from the FAA say there was no regulatory violation on the part of the school.

Norris and 28-year-old Cody Keller, of New Castle, were working on an aircraft motor that was sitting on a block.

Vienna Township police say the propeller did not have a safety wire connected to it that would stop the engine from starting.

According to officials, the propeller blade struck Norris in the head, causing a "severe laceration." Keller suffered broken bones.

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