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Man decapitated in helicopter accident at Brooksville airport

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) – A man was decapitated in a helicopter accident in Hernando County on Thursday.

The accident happened on Flight Path Drive, on the grounds surrounding the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport.

According to the sheriff’s office, a 911 caller stated he and another person were using a power cart to jumpstart a helicopter when, for an unknown reason, the helicopter suddenly jerked up and then came down.

The motion caused the main rotor blades to strike one of the men in the head.

The injured can be classified as a decapitation, according to a source from the sheriff’s office.

The man was identified as Salvatore Disi, 62. 

He was killed instantly.

The sheriff’s office doesn’t suspect foul play, but plants to fully investigate just in case.

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

“It’s tragic that those individuals are not going to be able to give their loved one a hug again.”

The helicopter the men were working on is used by Dr. Alfred Bonati, of the Bonati Spine Institute in Hudson.

Bonati was at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation. 

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