Helicopter fighting California brush fire crashes
Two firefighting helicopters working to extinguish a California wildfire collided in mid-air on Sunday, killing all three aboard one of them that crashed, according to authorities. One of the helicopters managed to land safely after the crash at the scene of a fire on 20 acres of Native American land in Cabazon, Cal Fire’s southern region chief David Fulcher said at a news conference Monday. early. Helicopter fighting California brush fire crashes after mid-air collision, three dead.
“Unfortunately, the second helicopter crashed and, tragically, all three members were killed, including a Cal Fire Division Fire Chief, a Cal Fire captain and a contract customer pilot,” Fulcher said, without further identifying the victims. . The accident started an additional 4-acre fire, which was extinguished, authorities said.
Helicopter fighting California brush fire crashes after mid-air collision
“While this was a tragic event, today we are also thankful that it was not worse,” Fulcher said. The accident occurred just south of the Morongo Casino in Riverside County, CBS Los Angeles reported.
The helicopter pilot was performing contract work with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Fire Capt. Richard Cordova said Sunday night. “I would like to express our deepest condolences and condolences to the family and fellow staff members,” Fulcher said. “This was a tragic loss to the fire service community and the Riverside County Fire Department and Cal Fire.”
A witness told Fox 11 that they saw the helicopter collide with another plane before the crash. The cause of the crash is under investigation, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said. More updates would come from the National Transportation Safety Board, the sheriff’s office said.Read More…….