Helicopter crew escapes a “engine failure” by climbing to safety from the top of a burning apartment: Four hospitalized, one death

Helicopter crew escapes a “engine failure” by climbing to safety from the top of a burning apartment: Four hospitalized, one death

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A tragic incident occurred in Florida as a fire and rescue helicopter crashed into a building due to an ‘engine failure,’ resulting in one fatality and four individuals hospitalized. Astonishing video footage captured the moment two of the three people aboard the helicopter managed to crawl to safety on the rooftop of an apartment complex in Pompano Beach. Two men, equipped with air gear, can be seen moving away from the flames on the building’s roof before being rescued by authorities, descending via a ladder. Remarkably, both men appeared uninjured.

Officials reported that the helicopter was en route to an emergency in North Lauderdale when it encountered difficulties. Regrettably, a third person on board, associated with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, lost their life in the collision that occurred around 8.45am.

Video footage showed the helicopter smoking and swerving in the air before ultimately breaking apart, presumably due to an ‘engine failure.’ A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, Veda Coleman-Wright, confirmed that the four people hospitalized were all in ‘fair condition.’ Additionally, two residents of the apartment building, where the helicopter crashed through the roof, were also hospitalized after attempting to assist those on board.

The tragic incident has deeply affected the family of the two residents who were inside the apartment at the time of the collision, compounding their recent losses. Early reports from law enforcement suggested a ‘maintenance issue’ as the cause of the crash. Authorities have closed Dixie Highway between Northeast Fifth Street and Northeast 10th Street, urging motorists to avoid the area.

The FAA has confirmed that three individuals were on board the helicopter during the crash. Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. The helicopters involved in these rescue operations are staffed around the clock by teams of two firefighters or paramedics, with a Pilot-EMT operating the aircraft. These units provide advanced medical services and trauma care while transporting patients from emergency scenes.

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