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The pilot landed at the fair to refuel and let a relief pilot to take over

The blade struck him as he was reentering the chopper

He was a former military pilot with more than 50 years of flying experience

(CNN) —  

A veteran helicopter pilot giving rides at a Pennsylvania town fair was killed after he was hit by the chopper’s spinning rotor.

Carl R. Enlow, 69, landed the helicopter at the Bloomsburg Fair grounds Friday to re-fuel and to allow a relief pilot to take over.

He left the chopper and was re-entering to speak to the replacement pilot when he was struck by the rotor, the fair association said.

He was airlifted to a hospital, where he died.

Enlow, of Reading, Pennsylvania, was a former military helicopter pilot, with more than 50 years of flying experience, the fair board said.

He worked as a chiropractor.

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