Dramatic Video Shows Helicopter Crash Near Miami Beach Swimmers

By Jason Hall

February 19, 2022

Photo: Miami Beach Police

Two occupants of a helicopter were transported to a local hospital after the aircraft crashed near swimmers on Miami Beach Saturday (February 19) afternoon.

The Miami Beach Police Department shared footage of the accident, which shows the helicopter lose altitude as it fell toward the ocean near 10 Street.

Police confirmed a third passenger was also on board at the time of the crash but was not injured.

The two occupants transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital were reported to be in stable condition.

"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," the department tweeted.

Photos shared on Twitter showed part of the helicopter sticking out of the water as witnesses looked on.

The Miami Beach Police Department confirmed that the Federal Aviation Administration is responding to the scene and the National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation.

The department also said the beach area between 9th and 11th Street have been closed amid the investigation.

Authorities have not yet determined what caused the helicopter to crash.

No additional injuries were reported as of Saturday afternoon.

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