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3 dead, 2 injured after helicopter crashes into house in Newport Beach

31 January, 2018, 10:40 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Helicopter crashes into Southern California home

A helicopter carrying four people crashed into a Southern California home Tuesday, killing three, emergency officials said. Two other people were injured, the NBFD said.

The crash happened around 1:50 p.m.at 41 Egret Ct.in Newport Beach, according to the Newport Beach Fire Department.

The aircraft had departed from John Wayne Airport, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesperson for the FAA.

Newport Beach is about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Officials said the incident occurred in the area of Bristol Street and Bayview Place. The copter appeared to clip the tile roof of one home then skid along the ground through the residential intersection before smashing into a side wall of another home.

"Everybody ran to see if we could help", one female resident told KTLA.

Johnson rushed to the wreckage and several people started to try to pull victims out of the helicopter.

It was unclear, based on her account, whether the pilot got out on his or her own, or was helped out by the bystanders. She said she knows the people who live in the home where the helicopter crashed.

The cause of the crash is now under investigation and will be handled by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

No other details were immediately available.

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