The incident happened near Highway 39 and East Fork Road around 4:30 p.m., according to officials.
Officials initially said there were five people on board at the time of the crash, but Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Vilanueva later confirmed that there were a total of six people on board. All were taken to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
The passengers included a pilot and co-pilot, two paramedics, a crew chief and a UCLA doctor on a walk, Villanueva said.
Everyone is expected to survive, according to officials.
One person was critically injured, two were moderately injured and two others suffered minor injuries, but all are currently in stable condition, officials said.
“They are quite battered, some of them, and I will leave it with some fractures, some broken ribs and some things of that nature,” Villanueva said. “But fortunately nothing that is life threatening at the moment and is in good hands here.”
Villanueva said the aircraft, known as the Air 5, was a Super Puma heavy-duty helicopter, much larger than that seen on a regular patrol.
“As they were trying to get off with a little arrival around mile 22, they suffered a hard landing and overturning,” Villanueva said. “Considering where this happened … the plane landed just a few feet from a 200-foot drop … so the fact that it did not capsize, did not go all the way down or that there was no fire is not small at all. It is a miracle.”
The California Highway Patrol told our brother KABC-TV that a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s helicopter crashed after responding to a vehicle collision in the area.
The causes of the crash are being investigated.
Saturday’s incident comes after another helicopter crash involving law enforcement authorities a few weeks ago. Officer Nicholas Vella, a 14-year-old veteran of the Huntington Beach Police Department, was killed and another police officer was seriously injured. after a police helicopter crashed near Newport Beach on February.
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