MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Two people have been hospitalized after a helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near swimmers at a South Florida beach on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
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The helicopter, a Robinson R44, crashed into the ocean off Miami Beach, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. At approximately 1:10 p.m. EST, Miami Beach police and firefighters were called to a helicopter crash, spokeswoman Melissa Berthier told the Miami Herald. Video shared by Miami Beach police showed the helicopter crash-landing, making a loud noise, in populated waters near the shores of South Beach, the newspaper reported.
Two people were taken to an area hospital and were in stable condition, WSVN-TV reported. There were three people aboard the helicopter, according to the Miami Beach Police Department.
According to the FAA, the helicopter crashed “under unknown circumstances,” WPLG-TV reported.
The National Transportation Safety Board will handle the investigation, according to WFOR-TV.
Police cordoned off the area while the investigation was ongoing, the broadcaster reported.
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