Helicopter Crash Starts Fire and Downs Power Lines
According to the Ventura County Fire Department, on Friday morning one person was killed after a helicopter crash in Santa Paula. The crash left one person dead and power lines down. A fire was even started after the crash took place.
Officer Robert Navarro from the Ventura Fire Department, stated that the reports of the downed helicopter were made around ten:fifteen in the morning. The crash happened near the 900 block of Corporation street.
Officer Navarro said that the investigators are still searching for additional victims. At least they were at 11:00 this morning. He went on to say that the Southern California Edison responded to the scene due to the downed power lines.
According to one of the Facebook posts from the Ventura County Fire, there were some power lines down across the river. Where the lines were across the river, there was a spot fire reported in that area as well.
A photo that was shown from the scene had showed the helicopter wreckage in the sandy bed of the Santa Clara River. According to the County Sheriff’s Office’s statement on their official twitter, the helicopter had went down just west of the 12th street bridge.
The Facebook post said that officers from the Santa Paula and Ventura County all were at the scene to help.
FAA Spokesman, Ian Gregor statement about the Helicopter crash
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were sending investigators to the scene
According to Mr. Gregor, the crash of the helicopter which was a two seat, Robinson R22, happened under “unknown circumstances”.
Daniel A. Gibalevich
DAG Law Firm