A helicopter crashed into the ocean just off Miami Beach Saturday near one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations.
Video 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.”
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.
Video posted on Twitter by the Miami Beach Police Department shows the moment the helicopter came down.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.