Minnesota air show helicopter accidentally powered up by child, 2 hurt
Two people were injured at the Minnesota Air Spectacular on Saturday afternoon in Mankato, Minn. after a child apparently powered up a helicopter at the Mayo Clinic display.
The Mayo One helicopter was powered up by accident "by a member of the public" around 1:45 p.m. while it was parked at the air show, Mayo Clinic confirmed. The helicopter's team was quick to turn it off, but two people sustained minor injuries after a nearby sun shade fell over. The Mayo One chopper was removed from the show is being inspected by aircraft maintenance.
Agro Gushwa captured the incident and posted it to YouTube, claiming it was a 6-year-old that started the helicopter.
Mayo Clinic statement
"Mayo One helicopter was inadvertently powered up by a member of the public while the aircraft was parked on static display at the Minnesota Air Spectacular in Mankato. The Mayo One team quickly initiated shutdown procedures. Two individuals suffered minor injuries when a nearby sun shade tipped over. The Mayo One aircraft involved in the incident has been removed from service for inspection and maintenance, which is standard procedure. The safety of our patients, our team members and the general public is Mayo Clinic's highest priority. Mayo Clinic is conducting a thorough review and has proactively reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration."