By: CBS Miami | Associated Press
April 5, 2019
TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) — A man in a truck was killed when a helicopter made an emergency landing on a busy roadway near Tampa.
The Florida Highway Patrol said a 72-year-old man was killed when the rotor of a helicopter struck his truck as the pilot attempted an emergency landing after experiencing engine failure.
The chopper came down near an intersection in Palm River, hitting a pole on the way down.
The victim, Deodat Persaud Gangsapersaud, was a passenger in the truck being driven by his 35-year-old son Ryan Anthony Persaud when the rotor struck the vehicle. His son wasn’t injured but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Troopers say 38-year-old pilot Bryan Messick and 21-year-old co-pilot Joshua Wells weren’t injured.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says Messick was “highly trained” and that the helicopter had just been serviced.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.