Footage captured the moment a Brazilian police helicopter fell out of the sky onto an urban highway.
The helicopter crash occurred on Monday, Jan. 8, while the Federal Highway Police chopper was transporting an accident victim.
Six people, including a doctor and a nurse, were on board the aircraft, but luckily no one was injured, the report said.
Cause of fall
The helicopter suffered a rotor failure, forcing the pilot to make the dangerous manoeuvre, according to PRF Commander Aurélio Leal, who was on board.
‘There were six of us. Everyone is fine, no one was injured, thank God, Leal said.
‘The location was the best it could be after we had the rotation failure. Unfortunately, the tail hit the fence.’
Despite the miraculous outcome, the force of the chopper’s vortex blasted tiles off the roofs of nearby houses when it landed.
‘When it went up, the tiles fell inside the house,’ local resident Elisa Loures reportedly said.
‘To avoid hurting my son, I jumped on top of him.
‘The helicopter made a strange noise when it took off, and suddenly everything started falling.’
The helicopter also narrowly missed hitting a car, according to the footage taken from a vehicle in front of the accident.
‘A real scare, huh?,’ said driver Vitor Fabiano, who avoided a catastrophic collision just in the nick of time.