Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport, formerly known as Hernando County Airport, is a joint civil-military public airport located 6 miles southwest of the central business district of Brooksville, a city in Hernando County.
One of the men, 62-year-old Salvatore Disi, was immediately killed in the horrific incident in Florida after the vehicle's rotor blades decapitated his head, the WFLA broadcaster reported. He died instantly, police said.
According to Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis, they received a call for help around 3:35 p.m. on Thursday. The aircraft "suddenly jerked up and then came down", and the rotor blades hit the man on the head.
The Hernando County Sheriff said at a press conference that the death appears to be an accident and they have no reason to expect foul play.
"Obviously a death that is a little bit unusual, and we want to make sure that we have all the answers", Nienhuis told WFLA.
Following a request from the airport, the Medical Examiner's Office in Leesburg collected the body from the scene.
This is the helicopter which decapitated maintenance worker Alfred DiSi Thursday afternoon. He says his office has contacted that Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board. The sheriff said it did not take place near the runways and air traffic was not affected.