Pilot Dead After Being Struck By Helicopter Rotor

Pilot Dead After Being Struck By Helicopter Rotor

The man hit in the head by a helicopter blade at the Bloomsburg Fair has died.
Bloomsburg, Columbia County -- "It puts a little bit of sorrow on the last day."

The last day of the Bloomsburg Fair is always bittersweet, but tragedy struck the fairgrounds on Friday night. A helicopter pilot for the company that offers rides to fairgoers was struck by a rotor. The helicopter had landed and was in the process of refueling and changing pilots.

"He went back to talk to the other pilot, and that's when the rotor struck him," said William Barratt with the Bloomsburg Fair Association.

69-year-old Carl Enlow of Reading was transported by Life Flight to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where he died. Enlow had over 50 years of experience, and he was also a former military pilot.

"That just goes to prove that anything can happen," said Barratt.

"He's been doing this for many years," said Dawn Kingston of Bloomsburg. "I'm sure that a lot of people who return to the fair probably know him."

Heritage Rotors has been giving helicopter rides since 1993, and the attraction is popular at the Bloomsburg Fair. His friends say Enlow enjoyed helping other people, and last year he fulfilled the dying wish of a six-year-old Hazleton girl battling cancer.

"He was a very sweet man with a heart of gold, and we really appreciated everything he did," said Kingston.

The Bloomsburg Fair Association is returning its profits from the helicopter rides to Enlow's widow.

"The fair board is going to do whatever we can to help her with whatever she needs," said Barratt.

A memorial fund is set-up for the family of Carl Enlow. Anyone interested in making a donation can send a check to the Bloomsburg Fair Association.
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