Helicopter crashes into ocean just feet from Miami Beach shore

Police: 2 people taken to hospital

An investigation is ongoing after a helicopter crashed into the ocean waters off Miami Beach.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – An investigation is ongoing after a helicopter crashed into the ocean waters off Miami Beach.

It happened at approximately 1:10 p.m. Saturday near Ocean Drive between 9th and 11 Street.

One witness was Ana Diaz.

“My family was telling me when they saw the helicopter, ‘Anna come, come, come. It’s going down. It’s going down.’”

According to the FAA, the helicopter went down “under unknown circumstances” and three people were aboard.

Miami Beach police said two people were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition. The third passenger did not require hospitalization, officials said.

MBPD also tweeted video of the crash, which can be seen below.

Another witness to the crash was Shawn Adams, who described what he saw to Local 10 News.

“The whole beach ran to the scene,” said Adams, who is visiting Miami Beach from Las Vegas. “Probably ten guys pulling the skid down so it didn’t collapse, because it was sitting on the blade. When the blade snapped, the helicopter started going over, so while we are pulling the skid down, two guys were inside pulling the passengers out.”

Officers closed the beach between 9th Street and 11th Street following the crash.

Authorities said the aircraft was a Robinson R44 helicopter.

The identities of who flew the helicopter and who owns it are unknown.

A helicopter crashed into the ocean just feet from the Miami Beach shore. (WPLG)

About the Authors:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.

Joseph Ojo joined Local 10 in April 2021. Born and raised in New York City, he previously worked in Buffalo, North Dakota, Fort Myers and Baltimore.