HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Two helicopters collided at the
Homestead-Miami Speedway after the NASCAR championship Sunday,
killing one pilot, authorities said.
One helicopter was taking off from the speedway's helipad
shortly before 9 p.m. while another was attempting to land, said
Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Richard Martin.
"They had either a mid-air collision or a near-midair
collision. One of them did a hard landing right on the helipad. No
one on that craft was injured," Martin said.
The other pilot died after being airlifted to a Miami hospital,
a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Police Department said. The
pilot's identification was being withheld pending family
Todd Shook, 46, of Sarasota, said he saw the blades of one
helicopter clip the body of the second helicopter as he was walking
to his RV parked outside the speedway.
One helicopter landed lopsided on the speedway's helipad, and
the other crashed into an RV parked nearby, he said.
"It just hit real hard, and then I saw the windshield all
broken out," Shook said.
It was not immediately clear if the RV was occupied at the time
of the crash.