The Palm Beach Post reports that a helicopter fell from the sky, hit the roof of a West Palm Beach, Florida home before crushing part of a car and crashing into a yard, officials say. When the helicopter was finally hauled out of the unsuspecting homeowner’s yard a sliced palm tree remained in its place.
Nedra Obradovich’s roof had a run-in with a small, rented helicopter that landed in her front yard Saturday afternoon. Thankfully no one was seriously injured as a result of the West Palm Beach accident. Obradovich, the pilot and a passenger of the helicopter were able to walk away from the crash, although the pilot and passenger, whose names have not been released, were taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.
Obradovich expressed enormous relief at her good luck, “I’ve said it a thousand times, I’m so grateful.” The homeowner added that if the helicopter had crashed a few feet in the wrong direction, it would have landed squarely on her house.
She had been working on her computer in the moments before the crash and recalls standing to the roar of something approaching. “It sounded like rolling thunder,” Obradovich said. “It was circling.”
After the Palm Beach crash, Obradovich found a man and woman walking aimlessly. “I ignored everybody and ran to them. I was concerned,” she said. Thankfully there were no broken bones and it wasn’t long until everyone was whisked off to the hospital
The long-time Northwood resident believes the pilot may have been aiming for the empty part of her lot to the east of her house, but instead came crashing right beside her home – hitting the car she recently inherited from her mother. “My car actually broke the fall,” Obradovich said. “Apparently the helicopter fell on the car and rolled. Luckily the car was there. I never park it there. If it had fallen directly on the land they may not have survived the impact.”
Federal investigators examined the wreckage Saturday night and said it appeared the helicopter’s engine had failed, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker said. The helicopter was about 700 feet in the air before it crashed. The helicopter, owned by the California company Spitzer Helicopter Leasing, was being operated by Ocean Helicopters, a flight school based out of the North Palm Beach County Airport.
National Transportation Safety Board records show helicopters from the flight school have been involved in at least two other accidents in the past 2 1/2 years, one as recently as four months ago, the newspaper said.
Power has since been restored to nearby homes which lost electricity when the small silver and red chopper fell from the sky in West Palm Beach. Obradovich’s inherited Ford Fusion appears to have been the only casualty of the crash as it appears to have been totaled. The chopped up palm tree in the front yard has been around since 1988 and may even survive a direct collision with a copter as palm trees can continue living even with their tops chopped off.
Thankfully helicopters falling from sky aren’t regular occurrences, yet many other accident do occur with surprising frequency throughout our area. Many local victims suffer personal injury and property damage as a result. Our West Palm Beach injury lawyer is skilled and ready to help regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident. If you’ve been injured by circumstances out of your control, please call our Palm Beach injury attorney today for a consultation to determine what your rights are and how to get you the compensation you deserve.
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