Advertisement
  1. News

Sheriff: Helicopter blade kills man at Brooksville airport Sheriff: Helicopter blade kills man at Brooksville airport

Records show the aircraft involved in the fatal incident may be a helicopter. No one else was injured.
Hernando sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport after a man was killed in what is being called a “very serious aircraft accident” that took place on the airport grounds near the hangers.
Hernando sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport after a man was killed in what is being called a “very serious aircraft accident” that took place on the airport grounds near the hangers.
Published Jan. 10, 2019

BROOKSVILLE — 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.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis said Salvatore Disi "died almost immediately" in the incident that took place at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport.

The aircraft involved in the fatal incident appears to be a 1993 Bell 230 twin-engine light helicopter, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. The Sheriff's Office said the helicopter is used by Dr. Alfred Bonati.

The incident was reported at about 3:35 p.m. near the hangars of the airport at 16308 Flight Path Drive, Nienhuis said. A caller told 911 that he and Disi were working on the helicopter and using a power car to jumpstart it. Then the aircraft, its main rotor blades spinning, "suddenly jerked up and then came down," the Sheriff's Office said. That caused the blades to strike Disi in the head.

The incident is still under investigation. The sheriff said it did not take place near the runways and air traffic was not affected. No one else was injured in the incident. The Sheriff's Office has reported it to the Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Contact Justin Trombly at jtrombly@tampabay.com. Follow @JustinTrombly.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Robert Eugene Koehler, a 60-year-old registered sex offender from Palm Bay, was arrested Saturday. Authorities believe he is the notorious “Pillowcase Rapist,” who was blamed for attacking over 40 women in South Florida during the early 1980s. [Miami Herald]
    Authorities say the man who spent five years attacking women from South Miami to Deerfield Beach is a 60-year-old registered sex offender from Palm Bay.
  2. Gibbs High School drum major Tahlia Trehl leads a performance while participating in St. Petersburg's 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Big Parade on Monday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
    An estimated 40,000 attended the annual parade downtown. There were beads and music celebrating the message and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  3. FIE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo a ramp worker guides a Delta Air Lines plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Delta Air Lines says it earned $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter by operating more flights and filling a higher percentage of seats.  The financial results beat Wall Street expectations. Delta and other U.S. airlines are enjoying a prolonged period of profitability thanks to steadily rising demand for travel.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) [TED S. WARREN  |  AP]
    The annual ranking from the Wall Street Journal placed Delta in first place for the third year in a row.
  4. [Getty Images] [[Getty Images]]
    You should look out for your own interests, the advice columnist writes.
  5. A photo of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sits on a pedestal at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020  in St. Petersburg. Guests enjoyed music, spoken word, dance and musical performances and concluded with a candle light vigil and song.  [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  6. Greek-American musician Demetri Kousathanas, band leader of Demetri and the Islanders, plays the Bouzouki at the 2014 Hernando County Greek Festival, sponsored by the Chris the Savior Greek Orthodox Church. This year's festival will be Jan. 25, held on the church's new grounds on Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill. [JONES, OCTAVIO  |  Times (2014)]
    Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
  7. Sea rise is pushing inland and amplifying the threats from hurricanes, wiping out one of the rarest forests on the planet in the Florida Keys. [MATIAS J. OCNER  |  mocner@miamiherald.com]
    A recent study has found that the Gulf Coast has lost 57 square miles of forest over just more than a century.
  8. Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
    News and notes from Hernando County
  9. Kumquats that are yet to be harvested in the groves at Kumquat Growers, Inc. in Dade City. The local agriculture business provides fruit for the annual Kumquat Festival to be held Jan. 25 in downtown Dade City. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
    After years of crop decline, there will be more fresh fruit at this year’s annual Kumquat Festival.
  10. Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80  |  Tara McCarty]
    News and notes from Pasco County
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement