Thursday, May 30

Helicopter crash kills 3 near homes in Southern California



A helicopter crashed into a house in a Newport Beach, California, neighborhood Tuesday, leaving at least three people dead and two others injured, the Newport Fire Department said. Fire Chief Chip Duncan confirmed the fatalities.

CBS Los Angeles reports that one of the deceased was a person on the ground.

Newport Beach Police said four people were believed to be onboard when the chopper went down, but nobody was inside the home where the chopper went down.

Two people were rushed to the hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

We tried to pry them out but we didn’t want to touch them, the neighbor said, who was not identified. We didn’t want to take a chance of hurting anybody. The three people were all crunched in there together, he said. One I could see moving an arm.

There was no fire after the incident, but plenty of fluids on the ground. The helicopter is reportedly a Robinson R44.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. local time about a mile away from John Wayne Airport in Orange County where the helicopter had taken off, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.