Two people were killed and two others seriously injured when a Florida sheriff’s rescue helicopter crashed into a Pompano Beach apartment building Monday morning, authorities said.
One of the people who died was in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office chopper and the other was on the ground, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The Airbus Helicopters EC 135T-1 smashed into the building a little after 8:45 a.m. in the area of North Dixie Highway and Atlantic Boulevard just south of the Pompano Beach Airpark, which is known for its Goodyear Blimp base. The chopper took off from the airfield.
The names of the victims were not immediately released, but James Roach, the EMS medical director of the sheriff’s office, told the paper that Capt. Terryson Jackson, a seven-year veteran of the force, had been aboard.
Jackson said in a video released by the department in 2020 to commemorate Black History Month that he loved his job.