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Archive for Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chopper landing in Prairie Village too close for comfort

July 6, 2010

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— When an Army reserve helicopter landed at an Independence Day celebration in suburban Kansas City the helicopter’s rotor movement lifted some onlookers off their feet.

It was reported that the rotor movement slammed at least two people onto their backs, and a child who complained of internal pain was taken to a hospital.

Prairie Village Police Chief Wes Jordan said the helicopter arrived in blustery winds Sunday and came in closer to the crowd at VillageFest than expected. The rotor movement also lifted two tents from their moorings.

The Chinook was flown by an Army Reserve unit in Olathe. Col. Mike Walsh, facility commander, said he could not comment.

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