Police Chopper Crashes in California's Newport Beach Area, Rescue Operation Underway

© kcraNewport Beach Fire Department is responding to a police helicopter crash.
Newport Beach Fire Department is responding to a police helicopter crash. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.02.2022
A police helicopter has crashed in Newport Beach, California, off of West Balboa Boulevard. The helicopter crashed into the water and a search and rescue operation is underway.
The Huntington Beach Police Department has confirmed that the crashed aircraft is a police helicopter. Police have confirmed that both pilots have been rescued and transported to a trauma center. Multiple eyewitnesses believe that a third individual was on board the aircraft and remains trapped in the submerged helicopter. Those reports have not been confirmed by the police.
© aslannNewport Beach helicopter crash
Newport Beach helicopter crash - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.02.2022
Newport Beach helicopter crash
Reports of the crash first started to come in at 6:45 p.m., local time. The aircraft was reportedly spinning out of control as it crashed into the water. Witnesses believe the pilot steered the helicopter into the water to avoid collateral damage.
The cause of the crash remains unknown.
Orange County Fire and Newport Beach Life Guards were the first to respond to the scene.
This afternoon at 1:10 p.m., MBPD received a call of a helicopter crash in the ocean near 10 Street.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.02.2022
Helicopter Crashes Along Miami Beach Shoreline, Two People Transported to Hospital
The crash comes hours after another helicopter crash at a crowded beach in Miami, Florida, that sent two people to the hospital. Three individuals were on the aircraft and are all in stable condition.
The crash in Florida has prompted an investigation from US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after the Robinson R44 helicopter went down under "unknown circumstances." The model has been linked with at least 42 fatal crashes in the US between 2006 and 2016.
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