Helicopter's Hard Landing on Road Near Tampa Kills 1 Person

A helicopter that suffered an engine failure made a hard landing on a road near Tampa on Thursday, killing a passenger inside a vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at around 2:20 p.m. on Palm River Road and 50th Street in Hillsborough County.

A truck traveling northbound on 50th Street was struck by one of the helicopter's turning rotor blades, killing a passenger inside, FHP said.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news conference the pilots took the helicopter in for service, where they made sure everything was functioning properly before they flew to Sarasota.

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