Two people were killed after a helicopter crashed in a Miami suburb on Wednesday just after take-off, authorities said.
The crash was located at SW 124th Ave and SW 130th Street in Three Lakes, Fla., about two miles east of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. Footage showed that the helicopter crashed into a parking lot near warehouses. No one on the ground was injured.
The Federal Aviation Administration said that at about 4 p.m. ET a Robinson R44 helicopter crashed. It had just departed from the airport.
Marc Henderson, spokesman for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, confirmed the fatalities.
Business owner Julia Senior said she was only a short distance from the helicopter when it came down.
“Because of the noise, I felt this helicopter was falling apart, and it was just crashing," she said. "It just came straight against the palm tree.”
Aerial footage showed that the registered owner of the helicopter is Bravo Helicopters LLC in Miami. A telephone message left at the company seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.
The FAA is investigating.
This is a photo of the helicopter that crashed.