The Robinson helicopter was on a routine flight from Redlands, circled over Santa Monica and was headed back to the Inland Empire when it started experiencing mechanical trouble.
Fortunately, the pilot and three passengers, a 25-year-old man and two women aged 33 and 25 all suffered only minor injuries that did not require hospitalization. A 50-year-old Park Ranger suffered heat exhaustion while responding to the scene and was hoisted into a LAFD helicopter and transported to a local hospital in serious condition.
Firefighters also quickly fixed additional concerns, including fuel leaking from the wreckage in the brush-covered surrounding area.
The Fire Department remained on-site for nearly four hours to assure safety, minimize environmental harm and preserve the scene for a coordinated investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.
The Federal Aviation Administration's registry indicated the 2006 Robinson helicopter was owned by Mile High Rotors LLC, based in Colorado.
Dispatched Units: RH114 E235 T35 E52 E56 RA82 HR56 UR88 H0E H0A EM11 BC5 BC2 T27 E227 E27 H6 H3 E90 RA27 DC3 UR27 E290Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
500 East Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012