A Robison R44 helicopter crashed into the nearshore waters of very popular crowded Miami Beach Saturday (19/Feb/2022) and the area is known as one of the key tourist destinations of the city.
Miami Beach Police Footage shows the helicopter crashing into the water near swimmers and tourists on the beach.
The helicopter has been identified as a Robinson R44 single engine-piston helicopter capable of carrying a maximum of 4 people including one pilot. And this helicopter can travel around 300 nm or 550 km without refuelling. This R44 came down in the water near 10th Street and Ocean Drive at about 1 p.m.
As it’s the end of Winter and many US local travellers are seeking leisure time in Southern Beach areas. In addition, the weekend visitors are rocking the beach. Fortunately, the helicopter crash landing was a controlled one.
According to the agency reports, two passengers sustained trauma injuries and were taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital with broken backs. The helicopter pilot was not a trauma event.
According to Miami Beach Fire Rescue Chief Linares, all three survivors are in stable condition and they have described this incident as a “control crash.”
“We could have been easily hit by it like the damage of that,” tourist Kaela Berger said. “We saw like a bunch of cops and we saw them driving down from here all the way down to where they are now.”
The Miami Beach Fire Department said that “if this crash has happened 50 yards more inland, we would have had a mass casualty event on our hands” and that it’s “incredible, insane” that no one in the water was injured.
Video posted on Twitter by the Miami Beach Police Department shows the moment the helicopter came down.
This afternoon at 1:10 p.m., MBPD received a call of a helicopter crash in the ocean near 10 Street. Police and @MiamiBeachFire responded to the scene along with several partner agencies. Two occupants have been transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) February 19, 2022
US Federal Agencies on Responsibilities, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident.
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