LASD Helicopter Crash: How Did It Happen?

LASD Helicopter
LASD Helicopter

An LASD helicopter crashed in San Gabriel Canyon Saturday afternoon.

Early reports indicated that the crash occurred around 4:50 p.m. near the San Gabriel Dam, though it was unclear what caused the incident.

Los Angeles Fire Department crews on scene disclosed that the aircraft belonged to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau. It was en route to an air evacuation for the victims of a car crash near the area.

All five of the crew members were said to have been extricated, and Los Angeles County Fire reported that one of the members was said to be in critical condition, two suffered moderate injuries and two suffered minor injuries.

The victim of the car crash that the helicopter was headed to rescue was also transported via a ground unit with minor injuries.

The helicopter in question, which deputies refer to as AIR 5, is a Eurocopter AS 332L1 Super Puma helicopter — acquired by the department in 2012.

LASD Helicopter Crash: How Did It Happen?

What caused the LASD Helicopter crash was not immediately known. Visibility was good in the region Saturday afternoon, with breezy wind and dry conditions.

Aerial footage from the scene showed the helicopter appeared to be intact.

This is a developing story. Check back for details. 


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