Marine aircraft mishap injures several in N.Y.
NEW YORK — A Marine Corps aircraft’s powerful propellers whipped up a wind that sent branches hurtling off a tree into a crowd of about 150 people watching a Memorial Day demonstration in a park, leaving 10 people with minor injuries, officials and a witness said.
As the Osprey MV-22 aircraft landed at Staten Island’s Clove Lakes Park at around 9 a.m. yesterday, the wind generated by its twin rotors stirred tree limbs, dirt from a nearby baseball field, and other debris into a swirl that sent spectators scattering, witness Ann Hirsch said.
“It was like a storm of sand and garbage and people running,’’ said Hirsch, 66, of Staten Island. “Branches just came down. They were all over the park. . . . It was really scary.’’
One tree lost all its branches on one side.
Seven people were taken to a hospital for observation; five were released within about two hours, Navy officials said. Three other injured people refused medical attention.
The MV-22 is a Marine Corps version of the V-22, which combines like wings with rotors that let it take off and land vertically. It “stirs up a lot of wind, and that’s apparently what did it,’’ said a Marine Corps spokesman, Lieutenant Josh Diddams.
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Yesterday’s demonstration was part of an annual military showcase in New York.