Helicopter crashes taking off from Atlantis Dubai
UPDATE: Atlantis confirms no guests were hurt or operations affected
A private helicopter with two people on board reportedly crashed yesterday while taking off from Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.
The incident took place late in the afternoon and one of the passengers is said to be seriously injured.
Speaking to Hotelier Middle East, a spokesperson for Atlantis The Palm said: "Atlantis The Palm can confirm that an accident involving a helicopter at Palm Jumeirah has occurred. An investigation by Dubai Police and Civil Aviation is in progress to determine the circumstances and causes relating to the accident that took place on Wednesday January 22, at the Civil Aviation approved helipad. No guests were involved in the incident and operations at Atlantis, The Palm were not affected. A report by Dubai Police and Civil Aviation will be issued after the investigation is complete."
A statement issued by Dubai Media Office on Wednesday said: "A private helicopter with two people on board has crashed while taking off from Palm Jumeirah, they sustained moderate to critical injuries."
It added that both passengers have been taken to Rashid Hospital by police helicopter and authorities have sealed off the accident area for investigations to begin.
Eyewitnesses on Twitter reported seeing fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and helicopters rushing to the scene of the incident, the report added.