Helicopter departed from Fort Myers

By: Allen Cone

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. — One man died and a woman was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after a helicopter from Fort Myers crashed in a canal in southwest Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said.

Shortly before 2 p.m., the Hughes 369 helicopter landed near Southwest 184th and 122nd Street near Zoo Miami, about 3 miles west of Miami Executive Airport, a Federal Aviation Administrative official told WTVJ.

The only two on the helicopter were pulled from the water.

The woman was taken to a local hospital and was expected to live, and the pilot was given CPR before also going to the hospital, police said.

WTVJ’s helicopter aerials appeared to show fuel in the water. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue divers were seen searching the water near the streak of fuel.

Witnesses told police the helicopter was spinning before it crashed into the canal.

Hughes helicopters were manufactured from 1963, originally for the U.S. Army, until 1999.