Marine helicopter mishap injures 10 during Memorial Day demo

By David Edwards
Monday, May 31, 2010 11:46 EDT
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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.


According to WABC.

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.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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