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Marine Aircraft Mishap Hurts 10 in N.Y.C.

May 31: As broken branches lie in the foreground, people look at a Marine MV-22 Osprey in Clove Lakes Park in the Staten Island borough of New York.  The aircraft's powerful propellers whipped up a wind that sent branches hurling off a tree and into a crowd of about 150 people watching a Memorial Day demonstration in a park, leaving 10 people with cuts and other minor injuries. (Ap)

May 31: As broken branches lie in the foreground, people look at a Marine MV-22 Osprey in Clove Lakes Park in the Staten Island borough of New York. The aircraft's powerful propellers whipped up a wind that sent branches hurling off a tree and into a crowd of about 150 people watching a Memorial Day demonstration in a park, leaving 10 people with cuts and other minor injuries. (Ap)  (AP2010)

The powerful propellers on a U.S. Marine Corps aircraft have blown tree branches into people on the ground during a Memorial Day demonstration in a New York City park.
Firefighters say 10 people suffered minor injuries.

The Osprey MV-22 aircraft was landing at Staten Island's Clove Lakes Park around 9 a.m. Monday as part of Fleet Week. The MV-22 combines airplane-like wings with rotors that let it take off and land vertically, like a helicopter.

Marine Corps spokesman Lt. Josh Diddams says the wind generated by the aircraft's propellers broke branches off a nearby tree. The branches were swept into some people on the ground.

Firefighters say seven people have been taken to Richmond University Medical Center. Three others refused medical attention.