A helicopter crashed near the summit of Mt. Baldy on Thursday, injuring three and prompting an emergency rescue air operation by the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
Four people were in the helicopter at the time of the 11:50 a.m. crash, according to a statement released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Three were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. One person refused medical treatment.
The department tweeted that hikers reported that the four people appeared to be talking just after the crash.
The crash occurred about 1,000 feet west of the summit, in an area that ground transportation couldn’t reach, the department said on Twitter.
MtBaldy(Update/Final): All parties removed from crash site. 1 patient xport by AR07; 1 patient xport by ground. 2 non-injury.— SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) December 29, 2016
The helicopter, a Robinson R-44, made a hard landing for unknown reasons, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, in an email.
The rear of the helicopter, the tail boom, was “significantly damaged,” Gregor said, and the FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.
The nature of the passengers’ injuries was not immediately known.
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7:58 p.m.: This story was updated with new information from the sheriff’s department regarding the number of people injured.
This story was originally posted at 2:50 p.m.