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Florida man decapitated in freak helicopter accident identified, authorities say



A maintenance man working on a helicopter in south Florida was decapitated in a freak accident Thursday after the main rotor blades suddenly jerked up and down before fatally slicing the 62-year-old man, authorities said.

Salvator Disi died Thursday near the hangars at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport, Hernando County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

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“This motion caused the main rotor to strike one of the men, who was working on the helicopter,” the sheriff's office said in a written statement

During a news conference, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis told reporters that, even though foul play is not expected, a full investigation will take place.

"Obviously a death that is a little unusual … and we want to make sure we have all the answers, "Nienhuis said.

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In a Facebook post Thursday night, Nienhuis said he was a family friend

"He was a good man," wrote Nienhuis. "This is so tragic."

Desi was certified to command multi-engine airline airplanes and pilot commercial helicopters. He had a drone pilot certification, was certified as a flight instructor for single and multi-engine planes and in 201

0 was certified as an advanced ground instructor.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP [19659003] The helicopter Desi was working on belonged to Dr. Alfred Bonati, an orthopedic surgeon at the Bonati Spine Institute in Husdon, Florida. The aircraft was believed to be a 1993 Bell 230 twin-engine light helicopter, according to the Tampa Bay Times, which cited Federal Aviation Administration records.


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