3 Hospitalized After Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Helicopter Crash

AZUSA, Calif.—Three individuals were in the medicalfacility on March 20 from a constable’s helicopter crash near the San Gabriel Dam in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa that hurt 6 individuals.

Five of those victims were taken to a healthcenter, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher, however 2 of the 5 were not hospitalized, according to a spokesperson at the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The 6 individuals aboard the airplane were thought to be 5 deputies and a UCLA medicalprofessional on a ride-long.

The crash tookplace at 4: 50 p.m. Saturday near Highway 39’s Mile Marker 21.7 in the San Gabriel Dam location, stated Deputy Alejandra Parra of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The helicopter was en path to a call for an air evacuation of victims from a close-by car accident when it crashed, Parra stated.

During a news conference late Saturday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated all of the hurt were anticipated to recuperate, keepinginmind that most suffered “fractures and damaged ribs, things of that nature. Thankfully absolutelynothing that is lethal at this time.”

Villanueva informed pressreporters it was “nothing brief of a wonder” that all 6 madeitthrough.

The victims had to be liberated from the wreckage. The 3 individuals still hospitalized were at Pomona Valley Hospital.

“The NTSB (National Transport ion Safety Board) will be examining the crash with the FAA as a celebration, as they are in every NTSB airtravel examination,” stated Eric Weiss, chief of media relations for the NTSB.

Villanueva stated it was uncertain what triggered the helicopter to crash.

“The helicopter suffered a breakdown of some sort—we puton’t understand if it was by mechanical, ecological, what they call a ‘brown out’ wind modification,” he stated. “but as they were attempting to descend on a little turnout around mile marker 22, they suffered a tough landing and a rollover.”

The airplane is one of 3 belonging to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau.

In addition to the physician, those on board consistedof 2 pilots and 3 medics.

“The Department would like to thank our neighborhood for the outpouring of assistance for our Deputies throughout this regrettable occurrence,” constable’s authorities tweeted late Saturday. “We value your ideas and prayers.”

City News Service

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