UPDATE: The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on an accident at the Cleveland airport in July where a man was killed by a plane propeller.

Police say on July 26,  69-year-old Lenny Kramer was killed by a plane propeller that hit his head.

The NTSB's report says Kramer's wife was outside of the plane as he performed a preflight inspection of the Cessna 182P.

The report says Kramer's wife heard the propeller move and what sounded like the engine trying to start. When she looked up, she saw her husband fall to the ground and then called for help.

The report says Kramer's wife said the key to the plane was in her husband's pocket at the time of the accident.

Here is the entire preliminary report from the NTSB:

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Cleveland police say a Florida man who was struck by an airplane propeller at the Cleveland airport Thursday evening has passed away.

Authorities say 69-year-old Lenny Kramer was flown to Erlanger where he died from his injuries.

A Florida couple was using a Cessna 182 aircraft at the Cleveland Regional Jetport. The plane was grounded and running when Kramer was hit in the head by the plane's spinning propeller.

“His wife was with him at the airport,” Cleveland Police spokeswoman Evie West said. “He was flown out and his wife was taken by ground transport.”

Kramer's wife is okay.

“It was a private plane. I'm not sure if this was the victims’ plane or if it was rented,” said West.“We have to work with the FAA.

The response was fast because the Life Force helicopter is based at the airport.

Sergeant Evie West says everyone is working together to figure out how the propeller hit the man.

"We have to be very careful. Since this is an open investigation, we can't give details,” said West.

The airport is not closed, and the plane involved is secure.

“The ramp is open. I think they will be conducting normal operating procedures,” said West.

The plane will be examined during an investigation. The FAA and NTSB were notified by the Cleveland Police Department.

The FAA will be on the scene Friday morning to determine if it will take over the investigation.

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PREVIOUS STORY: Cleveland police say a Florida man who was hit by plane propeller at the Cleveland airport Thursday evening has passed away.

It happened around 4:50 p.m. at Cleveland Regional Jetport on Dry Valley Road NE.

Police tell Channel 3, 69-year-old Lenny Kramer's head was hit by a propeller. He was found near his private plane with a severe head injury.

Kramer was flown from the scene to Erlanger.

Cleveland Police spokeswoman Evie West says Kramer passed away from his injuries.

Police say they are trying to figure out how this happened.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Tranportation Safety Board (NTSB) are expected to begin an investigation on Friday morning.

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