A boy about 6 years old climbed into a Mayo Clinic helicopter at an air show near Mankato and fired up the engine, setting off a tense scene on the tarmac until a worker removed the child and shut off the chopper, a witness said Monday.
The incident occurred Saturday afternoon on the first day of the Minnesota Air Spectacular at the Mankato Regional Airport.
The whirring rotor blades knocked over a large sun shield on the tarmac, and two people were hit and slightly injured by the fabric-like screen, according to a statement released by Mayo.
The helicopter is operated by Mayo Clinic Medical Transport and is based at the Mankato airport for emergency runs in a 150-mile radius.
A member of Mayo’s aviation team shut down the helicopter, according to a statement issued by the clinic.
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