• Person killed by helicopter blades at airport near Tampa, officials say

    By: James Tutten


    BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - A death investigation in underway at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport after a person was decapitated by a helicopter, WFTS reported.

    The death occurred around 3:35 p.m. Thursday, deputies said.

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    Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said deputies responded to the airport for “a very serious aircraft accident on the ground.”

    Nienhuis said deputies found a person dead near a hangar on airport property when they arrived.

    WFTS News reported officials said the accident involves a person who was performing maintenance on the helicopter.

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    Deputies would not confirm the identity of the victim or the cause of death.

    Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials have been contacted to investigate the incident, deputies said.

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