Three kids are hospitalized after downdraft from sheriff’s helicopter caused bounce house to fly away
- There was one child inside the bounce when it flew away from where it was stationed during the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department’s open house but miraculously, that child survived without injury
- A mother of one of the injured children says that she was not warned about the presence a helicopter at the event
- Promotional materials for the open house mention children’s activities, a SWAT Team demonstration and crime prevention tips, but no mention of a chopper
Three children were injured when a bounce house got caught in a gust of wind created by a law enforcement helicopter on Saturday.
The horror unfolded during the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department’s open house at the cops’ headquarters in the city around 10:30 a.m.
According to a statement from the department, a helicopter operated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department was flying over the festivities when its downdraft caused several canopies and the bounce house to lift off the ground.
Three children needed to be hospitalized with injuries following the lift off. There was one child inside the bounce house when it flew away. That child did not require medical transport.
The incident occurred here along Civic Center Drive at the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department’s headquarters
The bounce house is shown here after it flew away from where it was stationed
A parent of one of the injured children told KTLA that the their child suffered cuts on their head and face. The woman said that a police detective remained with her family as the medical transport was being made.
While a mother was quoted by ABC Los Angeles as saying she wasn’t sure if child was injured by being thrown to the ground or from debris. That mother said that she was given no warning about the presence of the helicopter at the event.
According to a Facebook post from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department promoting the event, the open house was being held in order to help the public learn more about how the department works.
There is no mention of the presence of a sheriff’s department helicopter in the promotional materials.
One mother said that she was not warned about the presence of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter at the event
A poster promoting the open house does not mention the presence of a helicopter
The public was invited to meet and greet deputies, see equipment displays, view K9 and SWAT demonstrations, be offered crime prevention tips, recruitment opportunities as well as planned children’s activities and music.
The full extent of the injuries suffered by the children have not been made public.
The incident is being investigated by the sheriff’s department and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department performs law enforcement services on a contract basis for the city of Rancho Cucamonga.