Helicopter Crash Kills Two in Fort Lauderdale Apartment
Tragedy struck on Monday morning as a fire rescue helicopter crashed into an apartment complex near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, resulting in two fatalities and injuring four individuals, according to local authorities.
The victims were identified as Broward County Sheriff Fire Rescue Captain Terryson Jackson, aged 50, who was aboard the helicopter, and an unidentified female resident of the apartment building.
The incident unfolded at approximately 8:46 a.m. local time near an airfield just north of Fort Lauderdale. The helicopter was en route to respond to an aircraft alert when the crash transpired, as detailed in a news release by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.
The four injured individuals, comprising two firefighters from the helicopter and two residents, were promptly transported to the hospital with injuries deemed non-life-threatening, as confirmed by local law enforcement.
Videos shared on social media depicted billowing gray smoke emanating from the apartment complex, with firefighters diligently working to combat the blaze, which resulted in a significant breach in the building’s roof.
The Federal Aviation Administration has initiated an investigation, in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board, to determine the root cause of this tragic helicopter crash.