BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. —
The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report of a Broward Sheriff’s Office helicopter crash that killed two people last week, including Capt. Terryson Jackson.
Three first responders were onboard the helicopter the morning of Aug. 28, as they were on the way to transport a patient from a car accident in North Lauderdale.
“The pilot heard a ‘bang’ from the rear of the helicopter and noticed that the turbine outlet temperature was rising on the No. 1 engine,” the report said.
Officials also released that the pilot said he “declared an emergency to air traffic control, and reversed direction to return to the airport.”
“The pilot subsequently heard a second ‘bang,’ and was unable to control the helicopter. It spun and descended into an apartment building,” the report said.
The pilot had minor injuries, while another paramedic was seriously injured.
The third paramedic, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Captain Terryson Jackson, died from the crash. A woman who lived in the apartment complex has also died.
A consultant’s report presented to the Broward County Commission in 2017 said that the specific helicopter should have been replaced more than 10 years ago. The helicopter was manufactured in 1999, and its most recent inspection was in May.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office grounded the remaining three helicopters for reinspection.
Read the preliminary NTSB Report HERE: