2 dead in helicopter crash in Miami
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WHDH) -- Two people appeared to have died following a fiery helicopter crash in Miami, Florida Wednesday afternoon.
Officials confirmed a helicopter went down in the area of Southwest 128th Street and 122nd Avenue, near Tamiami Airport, at around 4 p.m. Onlookers reported that they saw the helicopter fall straight down and catch fire.
William Baragan, a hot dog vendor who has been living in the area for seven years said he heard the engine sputter. "I hear engine problems," he said. "I hear thrum, thrum, thrum, thrum, thrum. I look up when I'm selling hot dogs here. I see the thing explode. No smoke. The tail comes down this side. The other side comes down here. I'm running down calling 911."
Baragan said he and other witnesses sprang into action and pulled out the victims from the wreck. He said one man looked like he was breathing, but the other was not, and there was nothing they could do to help.
Silvia Senior, another witness, said the helicopter fell near her. "If you look at the area, I was standing right in front of the door and he crashed right in front, so I could say maybe 20 feet, 10 to 20 feet from me."
The helicopter was identified as a Robinson R44 aircraft by witnesses, which had just taken off from Tamiami airport. The FAA will investigate what happened and where it was going.
Police were first to arrive on the scene of the helicopter on fire. Witnesses who saw the aftermath tried to free any survivors, but there were none. Two bodies were found near the wreck when police arrived.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and doused the flaming wreckage with foam. The helicopter crashed near a warehouse district about two miles east of the airport, where the helicopter is believed to have originally taken off.
It remains unknown what caused the crash. The victim's identities remain unknown, pending the notification of their next-of-kin.
Another witness, who was not identified, recalled the horror of the scene that left her shaken. "I couldn't look at it anymore," she said. "It was devastating. It was very devastating."
Witnesses said the helicopter exploded. Part of it ended up as far as 200 yards away from the main crash site.
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