This is the shocking moment a 24-year-old man was killed by a flying rotor blade after the test flight of his homemade helicopter went horribly wrong.
Mechanic Sheikh Ismail Sheikh Ibrahim had spent two years building the ultralight helicopter in Yavatmal, central India, before the fatal test flight.
Footage shows Sheikh preparing the chopper for take-off in an empty field while his friends watch on.
A rotor blade appears to slice directly towards Sheikh’s head, smashing the helicopter’s makeshift windscreen.
As the homemade helicopter comes to a stop, Sheikh can be seen motionless and his friends rush forward to help him.
Sheikh was taken to hospital in a critical condition but later succumbed to his injuries while being treated.
Sheikh, who was known as ‘Yavatmal’s Rancho’ for his experiments with metal work, had hoped to debut his ‘Munna Helicopter’ on India’s Independence Day on 15 August, according to local media reports.
He built the aircraft as a low-cost alternative for personal use and hoped to one day run his own manufacturing company, local publications report.
Sheikh had hoped to debut his ‘Munna Helicopter’ on India’s Independence Day on 15 August