Air­port worker killed by he­li­copter blades

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Local - By Sun Sen­tinel and wire ser­vices

BROOKSVILLE, FLA. – Au­thor­i­ties say a man was hit in the head by the main ro­tor blades and killed while work­ing on a he­li­copter at a west Flor­ida air­port.

The Her­nando County Sher­iff's Of­fice says 62-year-old Sal­va­tore Disi died Thurs­day af­ter­noon near the hangars at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Re­gional Air­port.

The air­port is lo­cated about 40 miles north of Tampa.

Of­fi­cials say two men were us­ing a power cart to jump­start a he­li­copter when, for an un­known rea­son, the he­li­copter sud­denly jerked up and then came down. The sher­iff's state­ment says the mo­tion caused the main ro­tor blades to strike Disi in the head, killing him in­stantly.

A sher­iff ’s of­fice source said the in­jury can be clas­si­fied as a de­cap­i­ta­tion, Tampa Bay tele­vi­sion sta­tion WFLA-Ch. 8 re­ported.

Dur­ing a news con­fer­ence, Her­nando County Sher­iff Al Nien­huis told re­porters in­ves­ti­ga­tors don’t sus­pect foul play, but a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion will take place.

“Ob­vi­ously, a death that is a lit­tle un­usual...and we want to make sure we have all the an­swers, Nien­huis said.

Ma­te­rial from the As­so­ci­ated Press was used in this re­port.

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