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Only one officer remained hospitalized this Sunday from the crew traveling in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department helicopter. who suffered an accident on Saturday in the San Gabriel Canyon area.
The responsible commander of the aircraft, Sergeant Kamal Ahmad was released from the hospital this Sunday.
Authorities said that The investigations at the accident site are not yet complete.before beginning to remove the remains of the crashed helicopter.
LASD Air Rescue 5 helicopter crashed at approximately 4:56 p.m. Saturday close to Highway 39 and East Fork Road.
The aircraft, which is generally used for rescue work, I was responding to a call about a car accident on Highway 39but collapsed before reaching the place where they were going to pick up an injured person.
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The helicopter fell to the ground a few feet from a 200-foot ravine.Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference on Saturday.
“The fact that it didn’t come off, go down completely, or that there was no fire is nothing short of a miracle. It was their turn to be rescued,” the Sheriff said.
The aircraft crashed in the Angeles National Forestbetween some trees and a few feet away from a road.
It is the second police helicopter accident to occur in Southern California in a month.
On February 19, a Huntington Beach Police aircraft was involved in an incident off the coast of Newport Beach.in Orange County, when he was responding to a disturbance call, a mishap in which Officer Nicholas Vella died.
Six passengers were traveling on board the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter: the pilot and a co-pilot, two paramedics, a commander in charge of the aircraft and a doctor from UCLA. None suffered serious injuries.
“We are very grateful that everyone survived,” said Sheriff Villanueva.
The aircraft, known as AIR Rescue 5, it was a Eurocopter AS 332L1 Super Puma helicopter, which was acquired by the LASD in 2012.
For now the reasons why the helicopter crashed are unknownas well as the identity of the other crew members.
FAA and NTSB authorities conduct accident investigations.
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