One police officer died and another is in critical condition after a law-enforcement helicopter crashed in Newport Beach Saturday night.
The helicopter crashed near West Balboa Boulevard and 18th Street, according to Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Heather Rangel.
Aerial footage from Sky5 showed the helicopter to be submerged in water a few yards offshore.
The crash, which occurred at about 6:30 p.m., sent both crew members to trauma centers, one with moderate injuries and the other with serious injuries, the Los Angeles Times reported.
One officer, a 16-year veteran, is in critical condition, while the other officer, a 14-year veteran, died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash, the Huntington Beach Police Department confirmed in a press conference late Saturday night.
Huntington Beach Mayor Barbara Delgleize called the event “heartbreaking.”
“Our community values our police department, and the loss of an officer hits us all really hard. This tragic accident serves as a reminder of the danger and the risk that our police officers put themselves in on a daily basis to protect our community,” Delgleize said.
Earlier Saturday, another helicopter crashed near swimmers in Miami Beach.