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
Dear Commons Community,
A helicopter in trouble crashed very near a crowded Miami City beach. The crash was caught on video (see above).
Video above shows the helicopter crashing into the water near swimmers and numerous people on the beach.
The Robinson R44 helicopter came down in the water near 10th Street and Ocean Drive at about 1 p.m.
Two passengers sustained trauma injuries and were taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital with broken backs. The pilot was not a trauma event.
According to Miami Beach Fire Rescue Chief Linares, all three survivors are in stable condition and they called the incident a “control crash.”
“We could have been easily hit by it,” tourist Kaela Berger said.
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 its “incredible, insane” that no one in the water was injured.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident.