NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal helicopter crash in Southern California (all times local):
California authorities have released the names of some of the people involved in the crash of a small helicopter that killed three people and injured two others in Newport Beach.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department says the dead include 60-year-old Joseph Anthony Tena of Newport Beach and 45-year-old Kimberly Lynne Watzman of Santa Monica.
The identity of the third person killed is being withheld pending notification of kin, and there’s no information about the two who were injured.
The crash Wednesday in a neighborhood involved four people in the helicopter and a bystander. Authorities have not specified who was aboard the aircraft and who was on the ground.
Officials say three people were killed and two more injured when a helicopter crashed into a home in a suburban Southern California neighborhood.
Authorities say four people were aboard the Robinson R44 helicopter when it went down in Newport Beach on Tuesday afternoon just a few minutes after taking off from John Wayne Airport.
One person who was outside on the ground was involved in the crash, though officials did not specify who died and who was injured.
Neighbor Marian Michaels says she thought it was an earthquake when the helicopter slammed into the house.
Another neighbor, Roger Johnson, says he heard a scream that sounded like it was from a horror movie before rushing to the scene to try to help.