Helicopter Started By Spectator At Air Show

  • Jun 29, 2015 6:53am GMT

Saturday, the Mayo One helicopter on static display at the Minnesota Air Spectacular in Mankato was started by a member of the public. The incident happened just before 2 pm and a small tent was blown over resulting in some minor injuries.

“I was sitting near the helicopter when the blades started to turn and I wondered what was going on,” spectator Dave Kruse told the Mankato Times. “A tent near the tail of the helicopter tipped over before someone turned it off. Luckily it looked like no one was injured,” he added.

Video was shot by another spectator Argo Gushwa, who said the helicopter was started by a 6 year old. Although he later removed his video another from Tiffany Rodrigues was also posted as you can see below.

Gushwa 15, who recorded the incident on his phone, is reported to be a ticket taker at the show and told the Star Tribune, “This kid started it up, and the propeller started spinning, the door was open … and he just walked in." He also told the paper that a Mayo staff member “ran over and got [the boy] out” after about a minute. 90 seconds or so later the staff member shut down the helicopter. Gushwa went on to say, “He ran to his father, who gave him a hug and told him it was OK. It was fine.”

The Mayo One helicopter was not on display Sunday as it was inspected according to the Mayo Clinic statement below.

Yesterday, June 27, 2015, at approximately 1:45pm, a 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 routine. 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. No further information or statements are available at this time.

In addition to the USAF Thunderbirds, the Minnesota Air Spectacular featured the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, NAVY TAC DEMO (F-18 Super Hornet), Team Oracle, Dave Dacy/Tony Kazian Wingwalking, John Klatt-Jack Links Screamin' Sasquatch Jet Waco, Kent Pietsch/Jelly Belly Airshow, and Miss Mitchell (B-25). The air display was not affected. The Minnesota Air Spectacular is held at the Mankato Regional Airport located just north of Mankato and is a production of North Star Aviation, the Mankato Regional Airport, the City of Mankato, and the Verizon Wireless Centre.