Two injured after child turns on Mayo Clinic helicopter at air show
Two people were injured Saturday after a Mayo Clinic helicopter inadvertently powered up at the Minnesota Air Spectacular in Mankato.
The incident happened around 1:45 p.m. at the Mankato Regional Airport. KEYC-TV reported the Mayo One team was able to quickly turn off the helicopter.
Two people standing nearby suffered minor injuries when the helicopters blades knocked over a large sun shield, according to event organizers.
A witness told the Star Tribune that a boy, about six years old, climbed into the helicopter unoccupied and turned on the aircraft. “The door was open … and he just walked in,” said the witness, a ticket taker at the show.
The helicopter was removed from the event for inspection and the incident was reported to an on-site official from the Federal Aviation Administration. It's still unclear how the boy got the engine going.
The two-day event featured performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, as well as other aviation groups. While there were no major issues with the air acts, about a dozen people were treated for heat-related ailments, according to a report by the Mankato Free Press.
Here's video of the event, courtesy Robert Campbell: