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Remote-controlled helicopter kills man, 19, in N.Y. park

In this image taken from video provided by WABC-TV New York investigators stnear remote controlled toy helicopter center thapparently struck

In this image taken from video and provided by WABC-TV in New York, investigators stand near a remote controlled toy helicopter, center, that apparently struck and killed a 19-year-old man, top left, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Calvert Vaux Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York. It wasn’t immediately clear how the accident occurred and police didn’t immediately say if the man was operating the remote control helicopter he was struck by. (AP Photo/WABC-TV) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES

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NEW YORK — A remote control helicopter being flown in a New York City park has struck a teenager in the head and killed him.

Police say the accident occurred Thursday afternoon near a parkway in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn but it’s unclear what happened.

Police haven’t said if the 19-year-old was struck by a remote control helicopter he was operating or by someone else’s. They say he suffered a severe head injury but they don’t believe any criminal act was involved.

Enthusiasts are allowed to operate model aircraft in designated parts of Calvert Vaux Park, which features a playground, basketball courts, baseball diamonds and a soccer field.

A group called Seaview Rotary Wings organizes flights in the park. Club members haven’t responded to requests for comment.


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