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Pilot Hurt After Helicopter Crashes in Wooded Area in Coconut Creek Park

Officials said the pilot was the only person on the helicopter

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A pilot was injured after a helicopter crashed into a park in Coconut Creek Thursday.

Footage showed the wreckage of the helicopter in a wooded area at Tradewinds Park off Sample Road. Multiple rescue units were at the scene.

At one point, a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue helicopter crew hoisted the pilot out of the wreckage area.

“The patient was extracted, I believe, 15 minutes from the time that we arrived,” said Lt. Alexander Acosta, one of the Miami-Dade Air Rescue first responders at the scene. “We were able to rescue the victim and get him to a hospital as quickly and safely as possible. The individual was speaking to me at the time.”

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A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue helicopter hoisted someone from the scene of a helicopter crash at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.

Officials said the pilot, who was the only person on board, was rushed to a local hospital but was in stable condition and expected to survive. The identity of the pilot wasn't released.

The pilot had been transporting materials for a construction project in the park when the helicopter went down, officials said.

“The helicopter crashed into a very heavily wooded, heavily swampy area of Tradewinds Park that you can’t get to on foot,” said Scotty Leamon, public information officer for the Coconut Creek Police Department.

RAW: A helicopter crashed into a wooded area of Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek on June 25, 2020.

“Your adrenaline goes up,” Acosta said. “But, I think you go into a second gear where it’s natural for you due to the amount of training we do.”

The cause of the crash was under investigation by the FAA and NTSB.

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