Shocking moment helicopter crashes off Miami's famous South Beach

Shocking moment helicopter crashes into ocean off Miami’s famous South Beach and lands just feet away from swimmers leaving two people injured

  • The chopper plunged into the waters just off Tenth Street Saturday afternoon 
  • It was seen rapidly descending from the sky, before hitting the balmy waters 
  • ‘Copter landed just feet from swimmers; two passengers were injured
  • They were taken to hospital in a stable condition, police are investigating  

Heart-stopping footage captured the moment a helicopter went down on Miami’s famous South Beach, smashing into the azure waters just feet away from swimmers.

Video footage shared by Miami Beach PD showed the chopper descending rapidly from the sky Saturday afternoon at around 1:10pm EST.

It plunged towards the turquoise Atlantic waters that were filled with hundreds of swimmers and paddlers enjoying the balmy Florida weather.

Moments later, the chopper hits the water just off Tenth Street, sending an almighty splash into the air.

Miraculously, no-one was killed by the impact. 

Two people who were in the helicopter have been hospitalized, and are said to be in a stable condition, with part of the beach closed off while cops investigate what happened. 

The chopper can be seen falling through the sky just off South Beach on Saturday afternoon

Moments later it slams into the Atlantic with a huge splash. Two people inside the helicopter were taken to hospital in a stable condition 

A Miami Beach Police spokesman tweeted: ‘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 beach area between 9 to 11 Street is currently closed. The FAA is responding to the scene.

Seconds after the chopper hit the ocean, nearby jet skis powered over to help those injured.

Boats were on the scene shortly afterwards.

It remains unclear if the helicopter that crashed is a commercial or public aircraft, and there is not yet any indication as to why it crashed.

Stunned onlookers shared clips of the crash aftermath. One Twitter user called stan the man said: ‘I’m sittin on south beach Miami… a f****** helicopter has just crashed into the sea in front of us…  

The Federal Aviation Authority is set to launch an investigation into the incident.  

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