One officer killed, another injured in police helicopter crash in Newport Beach

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Updated – 10:15 pm PT February 19, 2022 / 1:15 am ET February 20, 2022: Authorities reported the death of one of the officers who manned the helicopter that fell on Saturday near the coast in Newport Beach. and the other officer was injured and is in critical condition, according to KTLA 5.

The accident occurred when a Huntington Beach police helicopter crashed Saturday night into the water in the Newport Beach harbor.

One officer, a 16-year veteran, is in critical condition, while the other officer, a 14-year veteran, died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash, the Huntington Beach Police Department confirmed at a news conference. press release on Saturday night. evening.

Huntington Beach Mayor Barbara Delgleize called the event “heartbreaking.”

“Our community values ​​our police department, and the loss of an officer hits us all very hard. This tragic accident serves as a reminder of the danger and risk our police officers take on a daily basis to protect our community,” Delgleize said.

8:56 p.m. PT – A Police helicopter made a forced landing near the coast in the Newport Beach areasoutheast of Los Angeles, authorities confirmed Saturday night.

The call about the incident came in around 6:30 p.m. and involved a helicopter owned and operated by the Huntington Beach Police Department, said Jennifer Carey, the department’s public information officer.

Both crew members have been taken to trauma centers. One has moderate injuries, the other serious injuries, Carey said.

“Rescue efforts are underway,” the police department tweeted, adding that more information will be provided when it becomes available.

The Huntington Beach Police Department has three helicopters and usually keeps one operational 24 hours a day. The helicopter assists as needed with calls from law enforcement outside of Huntington Beach, but Carey had no immediate word on whether the craft was assisting with a call.

The orange helicopter, named HB1, crashed in the vicinity of the Lido peninsula, according to flight tracking website adsbexchange.com. Aerial images of the crash scene showed the vessel barely visible in the water about 10 to 20 feet from shore.

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