The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that two people had died during the crash, one on board the helicopter and one on the ground. Investigators are expected to be on the scene later this afternoon.
Footage shows the helicopter smoking and weaving in the air before ultimately spinning and breaking apart after suffering from some kind of ‘engine failure’.
Veda Coleman-Wright,a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, confirmed that four people were rushed to the hospital following the collision, adding that they were all in ‘fair condition’.
Four residents who live in the apartment building were also taken to hospital after trying to get those on board out.
Relatives say two brothers tried to help those trapped in the chopper escape, and were alone inside the property before the collision, with their sister telling Local 10 News: ‘I’m trying to find out what’s happening with my brothers.
‘They’re at the hospital and I just got a phone call from my son and I don’t know what’s going on.
‘It’s hard. Our family has been through a lot. We just lost our mom in October and my little brother just the year before, so for this to be happening right now, it feels like something on our family.
‘I’m just gonna pray with my family and my siblings so that we can pull through and make the best out of this.’
Initial reports from law enforcement scanners claimed that the chopper suffered from a ‘maintenance issue’ when it nosedived into a building.
Rest in Peace Captain Terryson, 50, was one of two people who died in the collision after the chopper crashed into the roof of the apartment complex in Pompano Beach