Police helicopter crashes into water in Newport Beach – NBC Los Angeles

A Huntington Beach Police helicopter crashed into water in Newport Beach on Saturday afternoon, leaving one officer dead and another in critical condition, the Huntington Beach Police Department said.

The two officers were responding to a call for a disturbance in Newport Beach when it crashed into the water, Huntington Beach Police Chief Eric Parra said Saturday at a news conference.

The deceased officer has been identified as Nicholas Vella, 44, a 14-year veteran of the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The accident appears to have occurred not far from shore off the Balboa Peninsula.

Both occupants were transported to local trauma centers, authorities said.

One person was transported to the UCI trauma center and the second trapped person was transported to the OC Global trauma center.

The initial call of the incident came in around 6:34 p.m. near 42 Balboa Blvd. at Newport Beach.

This is a developing story, please check back for more details.

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