1 dead, 4 injured in Bahamas helicopter crash

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Associated Press

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 22 at 10:33 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — A police official says all five people aboard a helicopter that crashed in an upscale Bahamas resort community were American.

One American was killed and four others were injured.

Livingston Marshall, spokesman for the exclusive Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay, says the pilot died in the crash Thanksgiving morning and the four surviving passengers are receiving medical attention.

A Florida television station, CBS Miami, reports that one of the injured was Jeffrey Soffer, principal of Florida-based real estate developer Turnberry Associates.

Marshall says the Baker's Bay community is "shocked and saddened by this tragedy occurring on a day that symbolizes family and togetherness."

A local lawmaker says the helicopter was attempting to land at Baker's Bay when a wind gust sent the aircraft spiraling.

Baker's Bay is a playground for millionaires located about 150 miles off Florida's eastern coast.

A resort employee says there were roughly 180 people on the island property for Thanksgiving festivities.

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