Pilot Dies After Walking Into Helicopter Rotor at Fair
Carl Enlow was reportedly struck as he reached for his hat
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 29, 2013 8:23 PM CDT
A scene from the Bloomsburg Fair, Sept. 22, 2008 in Bloomsburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May)

(Newser) – A helicopter pilot is dead after officials say he walked into the aircraft's spinning rotor while giving rides at Pennsylvania's largest fair. Organizers say 69-year-old Carl Enlow died after being hit by the rotor Friday night at the Bloomsburg Fair. The fair's superintendent of police and parking says the helicopter was refueling when Enlow went back to speak to the pilot who relieved him. Bill Barratt says Enlow's hat blew off his head and he was struck by the rotor when he reached for it. Barratt says Enlow was an experienced pilot who had flown helicopters in the military; his death is under investigation.

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Sep 30, 2013 6:33 PM CDT
Had to be the tail rotor or he was one tall feller.
Sep 30, 2013 12:44 PM CDT
" ... Walking Into Helicopter Rotor ... " Yeah, that'll do it ...
Sep 30, 2013 3:41 AM CDT
Experience probably created complacency. Tragic though. Hope he didn't suffer.