A man working to jumpstart a helicopter at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport in Florida, “died almost immediately,” after being struck in the head by the helicopter’s spinning blade, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
The accident occurred around 3:35 p.m. on Jan. 10. Salvatore Disi, 62, and another man were working near the hangars of the airport to jumpstart a 1993 Bell 230 twin-engine light helicopter, when unexpectedly the spinning rotor blades of the aircraft “suddenly jerked up and then came down.” The blades struck Disi in the head, decapitating him.
Fire and rescue workers were initially called to the scene, “but we canceled them because it was a very obvious death,” a spokesperson for the Hernando County Sheriff’s office told TribLive.
No one else was injured. The accident didn’t take place near the runways and air traffic was not affected. The incident was reported to the Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. Foul play is not suspected, but the county sheriff’s office will conduct a full investigation.
“Obviously a death that is a little bit unusual, and we want to make sure that we have all the answers. It’s tragic that those individuals are not going to be able to give their loved one a hug again,” Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis told WFLA.
The helicopter was owned by Dr. Alfred Bonati, an orthopedic surgeon at the Bonati Spine Instutite in Hudson, Florida. He was reportedly at the scene when the accident occurred.
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