Three Lifeless After Cal Hearth Helicopter Collision

A fireplace division helicopter surveys the Rabbit Hearth on July 14, 2023, in Moreno Valley, California.
Picture: Eric Thayer (AP)

Two firefighters and a pilot died this weekend after helicopters that had been responding to a fireplace in Southern California collided in midair. The Nationwide Transportation Security Board has opened a probe into the crash, and investigators are on their method to the scene of the accident.

Hearthcombating items had been known as to answer a fireplace that sparked locally of Cabazon this Sunday night. The flames unfold into close by vegetation, which required extra folks on the bottom for backup together with helicopters, NBC Information reported. Whereas responding to the fireplace, two of the helicopters on the scene collided into one another. One was capable of land safely, however the second helicopter crashed, and all three folks aboard died within the accident, Cal Hearth Southern Area Chief David Fulcher confirmed throughout a news conference at this time. The plane that collided had been a Bell 407 helicopter and a Sikorsky S-64E, according to the NTSB.

“The primary helicopter was capable of land safely close by. Sadly, the second helicopter crashed, and tragically all three members perished,” an NTSB spokesperson stated. 

The deceased embrace a Cal Hearth division chief, a Cal Hearth captain, and a contract pilot. Their names weren’t revealed through the press convention. The crash created a brand new 4 acre fireplace that was extinguished by these on the scene. Nobody else responding to the fireplace was injured.

“This was a tragic loss for the neighborhood, the fireplace service committee and Cal Hearth Riverside County Hearth Division,” Fulcher stated through the convention. “Although this was a tragic occasion, we’re so grateful at this time that it wasn’t worse.”

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