The LA County Fire Department said six people aboard a LA County Sheriff’s helicopter were injured in a crash in the Angels National Forest near Asusa on Saturday.
The LASD Air Rescue 5 helicopter was responding to a call for a car crash on Highway 39 when it crashed near Highway 39 and East Fork Road at 4:56 p.m.
The team was involved in an accident before coming to the patient in the car accident. The car was then towed down the hill.
LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a news conference Saturday that the plane, which is normally used for rescue operations, landed a few feet below 200 feet.
“It is no less a miracle that it did not roll, did not go down, or did not catch fire,” Villanueva said. “It’s their turn.”
This is the second helicopter crash in a month in Southern California.
On February 19, a Huntington Beach Police Helicopter Newport Beach crashed into water while answering a service call.
Officer Nicholas Vella, a 14-year-old senior at Huntington Coast Guard, died in the crash and a second officer was seriously injured.
The ship had two co-pilots, two paramedics, a subcommittee leader and a UCLA doctor. None of them sustained serious injuries, Villanueva said.
“We are very grateful that everyone survived,” he added.
Villanueva said the plane was a Super Puma medium lift helicopter.
The FAA and NTSB will investigate the cause of the accident.