Don’t try to tell 10-year-old Grayson Peterka that laptops don’t falls from the sky. One more step and this story would be different. A laptop fell from a helicopter and landed inches away from him, according to CBS News.
A 10-year-old boy – who was enjoying a family barbeque outside his home in St Cloud, Minnesota – escaped serious injury after a laptop came hurtling past and crashed to the ground in front of him. The portable PC had fallen from a medical helicopter flying above.
“It fell about here and I was standing right here,” said 10-year-old Grayson Peterka. Grayson has pictures to back up his story about how a laptop fell from a medical helicopter and landed within inches of hitting him. “I heard the helicopter going by. It was pretty low and then they made like a turn. When that happened it fell to the ground,” he said.
Grayson said the computer made a loud sound when it hit the ground, almost like a gunshot. The 10-year-old’s aunt was nearby when she heard the same noise.
“‘What’s that?’ It was really loud and not more than two seconds later my little nephew comes around the corner and says ‘Auntie Laura, something just fell out of the sky and it almost hit me,'” said Laura Colon.
Colon said she went to take a look and couldn’t believe her eyes. “We came around the side of the garage here and we found a laptop and it was most definitely something that fell. It was busted up pretty good. I looked on the back and I saw Life Link and I said ‘No way, that doesn’t happen,'” she added.
The computer fell in the alley behind Colon’s home. It sits three blocks and across the Mississippi River from St. Cloud Hospital. Hospital officials said Life Link III had just landed with a patient and was leaving the helipad when the crew’s computer was left on the helicopter’s skid.
Colon called the hospital and within minutes a security guard was at her door. “They came over with the flight nurse and they were very apologetic,” said Colon. Although the crew retrieved the computer, pieces of it still remain in the alley. Grayson’s father said it’s a sober reminder of what could have happened.
“At first you think its kind of humorous and then you think about it for a little bit and you go ‘Wow, he could have really got hurt,'” said Mike Peterka. Grayson Peterka wasn’t hurt and he remembers the incident with a smile. He says he can’t wait to show pictures to his friends at school on Monday. [image via HotHardware; via CBS News]