• Police helicopter crashes into water in California, killing cop

    From Bradley K. Sherman@21:1/5 to All on Sun Feb 20 12:05:03 2022
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    A California police officer was killed and another critically
    injured after a law enforcement helicopter crash-landed into the
    water in Orange County on Saturday night.

    The helicopter slammed into the water just after 6:30 p.m. in
    Newport Beach, about 40 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, in
    front of scores of people sitting on the beach, according to
    local reports.

    Nicholas Vella, a 44-year-old, 14-year veteran of the Huntington
    Beach Police Department, died as a result of injuries he
    sustained in the crash, Police Chief Eric Parra said at a press
    conference Saturday night.

    Vella and his partner were both rescued from the water and
    transported to a local trauma center after the crash.

    The other officer, a 16-year-veteran, is in critical condition
    at the trauma center, officials said.

    It wasn’t clear what caused the crash. The aircraft was still in
    the water by 8 p.m. local time.

    Officials confirmed that the helicopter belonged to the
    neighboring Huntington Beach Police Department.

    “We can confirm that our police helicopter, HB1, crash landed in
    the Newport Beach area. Rescue efforts are underway & more
    information will be released when available,” the department
    wrote on Twitter.

    Earlier on Friday, another helicopter crashed into the ocean
    right off Miami Beach in Florida in front of hundreds of
    beachgoers. No casualties were reported in that crash.

    https://nypost.com/2022/02/20/huntington-beach-police-helicopter- crashes-into-california-water-killing-officer-nicholas-vella/

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