Chopper dropping sweets on joyous throng destroys stadium roof, killing eight people

On Saturday, a helicopter hovering over a children’s party caused a stadium roof to collapse, injuring five children and three adults.

The Thai Navy helicopter hovered low over the crowd of youngsters celebrating National Children’s Day to drop flowers and candy, but the downwash from the aircraft crushed marquee tents and brought down the roof of a steel and canvas structure.

Local media said that Nareerat Khumkana, 58, had a fractured neck and a gash on her head and had been brought to the neighboring Phrapokklao Hospital.

According to The Bangkok Post, the Chanthaburi and Trat Border Defence Command of the navy was contacted by the local Tha Chang municipal office to set up the flyover.

Eight crushed when helicopter hovers over party to throw sweets, causing stadium roof to collapse

The municipality will properly recompense the wounded, according to Tha Chang mayor Tawatchai Chantakit, at a news conference that took place in the afternoon.

Admiral Choengchai Chomchoengpaet, the navy’s senior commander, who has directed the delivery of financial and medical help to the victims, apologized on behalf of the service via a spokeswoman.

Located around 150 miles east of Bangkok and bordering Cambodia, Tha Chang is a municipality in the Tha Muang district of the Chanthaburi province in eastern Thailand.

Five children and two wounded adults were transported to the hospital, but they were soon released.

Children and adults were attending a large National Children's Day event in eastern Thailand

A Jas 39 fighter aircraft crashed in 2017 during a flyover conducted by the Royal Thai Air Force as part of an air display for Children’s Day in Songkhla province, southern Thailand.

During the air show, Squadron Leader Dilokrit Pattavee perished when the plane he was operating crashed on a runway.


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