A helicopter ferrying Thanksgiving guests to an uber-exclusive Bahamas resort went into a tailspin yesterday, killing one passenger who was flung from the aircraft and injuring four others in the crash landing.
Among the survivors: Jeffrey Soffer, the Miami mega-developer who owns the Fontainebleau Hotel.
The helicopter crashed at the luxury Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay around 1:30 p.m. yesterday, the Nassau Guardian reports.
Five passengers were on board the helicopter, which was based on a yacht the group had been traveling on. As the craft came in for a landing, a gust of wind sent the helicopter spinning out of control, witnesses tell the Miami Herald.
"They got into an air pocket and it went into a tailspin. It recovered, and then it went into a tailspin again and from there it hit the ground. The tail came off and the cabin just went into a spin and somebody got thrown out," an anonymous employee from the hotel tells the Herald.
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The passenger killed in the crash hasn't been identified, but Soffer was among the survivors. He reportedly walked away from the wreck without serious injuries, but was being evaluated at a Miami-area hospital today.
Soffer's company, Turnberry Associates, bought the iconic Fontainebleau back in 2007 before sparking a massive renovation.