Florida man decapitated by helicopter
BROOKSVILLE, Fla (WFLA) —
A gruesome freak accident took place Thursday afternoon at the Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport. A man was decapitated while working on a helicopter.
"[He died almost immediately if not immediately," said Sheriff Al Nienhuis of the Hernando Countyu Sheriff’s office.
Investigators say 62-year-old Salvatore Disi died while he and another man used a power cart to try and jump-start the chopper. The helicopter suddenly jerked up and then came down for an unknown reason.
Disi was struck in the head by the main rotor blades.
The Sheriff's office doesn't suspect foul play but plans to fully investigate just in case.
“Obviously a death that is a little bit unusual,” said Sheriff Nienhuis. “We want to make sure we have all the answers.”
Investigators say the helicopter is used by Dr. Alfred Bonati of the Bonati Spine Institute in Hudson. Bonati was scene when our cameras arrived.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis wishes he had more answers, and says his heart goes out to the victim's family.
"It’s tragic that those individuals are not going to be able to give their loved one a hug again," Sheriff Nienhuis said.
Both the FAA and NTSB have been notified by Hernando County. The investigation is ongoing.