Canadian Air Force drops raft into Miami home during training exercise

The Globe and Mail

An 80-pound inflatable raft crashed into a Miami home Wednesday after falling off a Royal Canadian Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter, authorities said.

The Royal Canadian Air Force's Directorate of Flight Safety is investigating the incident.

The Royal Canadian Air Force said the helicopter had been en route to a U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Opa-Locka for a training exercise when the raft detached.

Luce Rameau told the Miami Herald that she was in bed talking on the phone on Wednesday afternoon when she thought she heard a bomb go off.

He explained that the RCAF conducts training exercise in Miami because of the warmer weather in the area.

"I kept screaming, 'What happened?"

A Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter accidentally dropped a life raft on a home in Northeast Miami on February 28, 2018.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said they received a call at 3:24 p.m. ET about the incident.

The RCAF said it "intends to support the affected resident with immediate accommodations and other support", in a statement from its public affairs office. He added what exactly caused the six-person raft to fall from the CH-146 Griffon Chopper is now under investigation.

"As soon as I get in, I heard the impact - boom - big impact, and I heard her screaming", a witness told Local 10 News reporter Liane Morejon. "What happened!' And I saw her shaking", said homeowner Jean Pierre Joseph.

There has so far been no explanation from the RCAF about how the raft came loose from the CH-146, a militarized Bell 412. "Fortunately, the occupant narrowly escaped disaster and suffered minor injuries", McAllister told journalists.



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