A helicopter carrying six people crashed Friday night near the California-Nevada border in eastern San Bernardino County.
No survivors have been located so far after the Eurocopter EC 130 crashed near Nipton, on the edge of the Mojave Desert Reservation, at 10 p.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said. .
“We cannot confirm how many people were on board or their names. “No survivors have been located,” the department said in a statement.
The helicopter is registered to a Burbank-based travel company called Orbic Air, NBC reported.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have launched an investigation into the crash.
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Second accident in a week
This incident comes just days after a Navy helicopter with five Marines on board crashed in the mountains of Southern California during a storm Tuesday night.
The five Marines were confirmed dead Thursday. They were identified as: Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, 21, of Olathe, Kansas; Sergeant. Alec Langen, 23, of Chandler, Arizona; Capt. Benjamin Moulton, 27, of Emmett, Idaho; Capt. Jack Casey, 26, of Dover, New Hampshire; and Capt. Miguel Nava, 28, of Traverse City, Michigan.
Authorities said the CH-53E Super Stallion disappeared Tuesday night while returning to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego after training at Creech Air Force Base, northwest of Las Vegas.
“It is with great sadness and deep sadness that I share the loss of five outstanding Marines from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the Flying Tigers,” said Maj. Gen. Michael J. Borgschulte, commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, in a statement.
“To the families of our fallen Marines, we send our deepest condolences and are committed to ensuring your support and care during this incredibly difficult time,” Borgshulte said. “While we understand the risks inherent in military service, any loss of life is always difficult.”