Sheriff: Helicopter blade kills man at Brooksville airport Yesterday

A person was decapitated by a helicopter in an accident at a Florida airport on Thursday afternoon, reports said.

A spinning helicopter rotor blade struck a 62-year-old man in the head on Thursday, killing him instantly, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Local TV stations showed one of the helicopter's main rotors badly splintered after the impact. He died instantly, police said.

The Sheriff's Office said the helicopter is used by Dr. Alfred Bonati.

Denise M. Moloney, a spokesperson for Hernando County Sheriff, told TribLive that fire and rescue were initially called to attend the incident "but we canceled them because it was a very obvious death".

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In an email, a spokesperson for the the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told the Miami Herald it could "only confirm an individual was fatally injured, but not the specific nature of the injury".

He said the aircraft was running, but not necessarily moving.

Mr Neinhuis said that the incident accorded near the hangers, rather than on a runway.

The sheriff said they will investigate thoroughly to rule out foul play, but at this time, "This does appear to be an accident", Nienhuis said.

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