A maintenance man working on a helicopter in South Florida was beheaded Thursday in a tragic accident after the main rotor blades suddenly lifted up before mortally slaughtering the 62-year-old man , announced the authorities.
Salvator Disi died Thursday near the hangars of the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport, confirmed the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Two men were using an electric cart to restart a helicopter when it started to act erratically – up and down.
"This motion caused the main rotor blades to collide with one of the men working on the helicopter," the sheriff's office said in a statement. written declaration.
At a press conference, the Hernando County Sheriff, Al Nienhuis, told the press that even if a criminal act was not expected, a full investigation would take place.
"It is obvious that this death is a little unusual (…) and we want to make sure that all the answers are given," said Nienhuis. "It is tragic that these people can no longer kiss their loved one."
Thursday night, in a Facebook post, Nienhuis said that Disi was a friend of the family.
"He was a good man," wrote Nienhuis. "It's so tragic."
Disi was entitled to order multi-engine airplanes and commercial helicopters. He had a drone pilot certification, was certified flight instructor for single-engine and multi-engine aircraft, and in 2010 was certified advanced ground instructor.
The helicopter on which Disi worked belonged to Dr. Alfred Bonati, orthopedic surgeon at the Bonati Spine Institute in Husdon, Florida. Bonati was on the scene when the accident occurred.
The plane is supposed to be a 1993 Bell 230 twin-engine light helicopter, according to the Tampa Bay Times, which quotes documents from the Federal Aviation Administration.