Miami Lawyer and Former Teacher Hospitalized after Copter Crash on Miami Beach

February 22, 2022

Two people, including a Miami attorney, are recovering in a hospital after a helicopter they were in crashed Saturday into the water just off Miami Beach, a few feet away from swimmers.

The two passengers, Morgan Geller and the pilot’s wife, Rachelle Mussary Arkin, were taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition, and no one else appeared to be injured. Geller, with the Genovese, Joblove and Battista law firm, specializes in franchise and contract law. Arkin is a former Miami Beach school teacher.

The Miami Beach Police Department said on Twitter that it had received a call Saturday afternoon about the crash off South Beach. A video shared by the police captures the helicopter descending over the ocean and crashing into the water, narrowly missing swimmers and sunbathers.

Police closed off a two-block stretch of the beach, in the area where travelers frequent outdoor cafes, restaurants and shops. The police department said the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene.

The helicopter was a Robinson R44, a type of chopper that has been the subject of several FAA airworthiness directives regarding cracked rotor blades and other problems, according to local news reports.

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