3 killed when helicopter crashes into Orlando home

Accident starts fire in home on Alameda Street

A helicopter crashed into a home in Orlando
A helicopter crashed into a home in Orlando (WKMG)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Three people were killed when a helicopter crashed into an Orlando home, fire officials said Monday morning.

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Alameda Street, about 2 miles west of Orlando Executive Airport.

Police said the helicopter, a Robinson R44, crashed into a guest home located behind the main house. No one was inside the guest house at the time of the crash, but there were people in the main home.

Orlando fire officials said all three people aboard the helicopter died. Their names have not been released.

No one else was injured in the crash, which caused a power outage in the area.

"Well, I was out here raking, and I heard the helicopter, but it didn't sound right. Then it swung out this way, (and I) didn't think anything of it, (so I) went back to raking, and then I heard the explosion," witness Mike Sills told News4Jax's sister station Local 6 in Orlando.

"The impact was a very solid boom, then it went dead silent," neighbor Donn Carr said.

"The power went out, the ground shook, and the house shook. It was pretty crazy," said witness Nathan Bond.

The Federal Aviation Authority and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. 

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