Officer Nicholas Vella, 44, dead and other officer critically injured after police helicopter has mechanical issue, crashes into ocean near Newort Beach, California

Modified Date: 
Mon, 02/21/2022 - 9:08am
Accident Date: 
Saturday, February 19, 2022

14-year veteran officer killed in police helicopter crash in California

The helicopter crash-landed at about 6:30 p.m. while responding to a disturbance near Newport Beach, according to police.

Nicholas Vella, 44, with the Huntington Beach Police Department, died in the crash, Chief Eric Parra announced during a news conference Saturday night.

Investigators still trying to determine cause of deadly police chopper crash in Newport Beach

The pilot made a brief call to report that the helicopter was experiencing mechanical issues, before calling again to say that they were going to crash, said NTSB spokesperson Elliott Simpson during a Sunday news conference. “Right now, it appears to be a nose-down descent into the water,” Simpson said.

Officer killed, another hurt in police helicopter crash

Authorities say an officer was killed and another officer was critically injured after a Huntington Beach police helicopter crashed in the water near California’s coast.

Police helicopter crashes in water off Newport Beach fatally wounding 1 pilot, injuring another

The crash happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. Two pilots were on board at the time of the crash, and became trapped in the wreckage, according to officials. Both were rescued and taken to the hospital.

People Involved: 
Nicholas Vella

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