Marine helicopter mishap injures 10 during Memorial Day demo
Eyewitness report: ‘Chaos’ at Staten Island air show
Onlookers in a crowd were injured by flying debris as an Osprey tried to land at a Memorial Day celebration on Staten Island Monday.
“A total of 10 people suffered minor injuries,” NY1 reported.
Photos credited to Mark Harris at SILive.com, which reported on “‘Chaos’ at Staten Island air show.”
According to witnesses, what followed was “chaos.”
“People were falling over,” said Anita Muriale of Castleton Corners. “I ran away as fast as I could. It looked like a tornado. It was unbelievable.
The aircraft, was hovering over a Staten Island park when the force of the rotors blew over branches from a tree.
The branches fell onto spectators watching below.
Nine people on the ground were injured. None of the injuries were believed to be life threatening.
An updated Associated Press article adds, “Firefighters say seven people have been taken to Richmond University Medical Center. Three others refused medical attention.”
This video is from MSNBC’s News Live, broadcast May 31, 2010.