The sheriff says no survivors have been found
- Officials said the helicopter crashed near Neptune on the edge of the Mojave Desert late Friday evening
- The helicopter, a Eurocopter EC 130, was carrying six people on board at the time of the accident.
- This comes just days after a Navy helicopter carrying five soldiers crashed during a routine training flight in Pine Valley, California.
A helicopter carrying six people crashed in San Bernardino County overnight, and authorities said they were unable to locate any survivors.
The San Bernardino County Police Department said it learned that the plane had been shot down near Baker shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday.
They said in a statement: “We cannot confirm the number of people on board or their names.” No survivors were found.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the Eurocopter EC 130 crashed near Neptune on the edge of the Mojave Desert Preserve, located east of Interstate 15 near Halloran Springs.
According to NBC, the helicopter is registered to a Burbank-based tour company called Orbic Air.
The accident comes just days after a Navy helicopter carrying five Marines crashed in the mountains of Southern California during a storm Tuesday night.
The five men were identified as: Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, 21, of Olathe, Kansas; Sgt. Alec Langen, 23, of Chandler, Ariz.; Capt. Benjamin Moulton, 27, of Emmett, Idaho; Capt. Jack Casey, 26, of Dover, New Hampshire; and Capt. Miguel Nava, 28, of Traverse City, Michigan.
Gen. Michael J. said: “It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I share with you the loss of five outstanding Marines from the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and the Flying Tigers while on a training flight,” said Burgsholt, commanding general, 3rd MAW. .
“These Airmen and crew members were serving a mission greater than themselves and were proud of it.
We will be forever grateful for their call to duty and selfless service. To the families of our fallen Marines, we send our deepest condolences and are committed to ensuring your support and care during this extremely difficult time.
Several agencies launched a desperate search early Wednesday after the helicopter was reported missing.
Efforts have begun to recover the remains of the five, and the incident is being investigated, according to the statement.
The helicopter took off from Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday evening, and was heading to Marine Corps Air Base in Miramar when it disappeared.
The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was last reported in the Cleveland National Forest, near the U.S.-Mexico border and about 35 miles east of its destination.
The area is currently covered in snow, making the search more difficult, officials said.
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