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Helicopter crash kills student; one survives

first_imgCASTAIC – A helicopter crashed into a creek bed south of state Route 126 Saturday, killing a student pilot and injuring an instructor, county fire officials said. The two-seat Schweizer helicopter, operated by Van Nuys Airport-base Group 3 Aviation, clipped a power line, but it was not clear whether that caused the crash or if the helicopter cut the cable while coming down, officials said. “They do a lot of training out here,” Los Angeles County Fire Department battalion chief Joseph Lindaman said. “When you’re flying, (the wires) are hard to see. Helicopters often run into the wires.” It was not immediately known which of the helicopter’s occupants was piloting. The victims’ names were not immediately released, and the cause of the crash was under investigation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The crash was reported about 2:15 p.m. near 28200 Henry Mayo Drive, also known as Route 126, in the wash about three miles west of Interstate 5. Rescue workers arrived at the wreckage to find a 25-year-old man dead and the instructor critically injured. The instructor was airlifted to County/USC Medical Center. John Pinkerton, who was staying at an recreational vehicle park within a half mile from the crash site, recalled hearing a loud noise before his electricity went out. “I thought it was somebody slamming a garbage can,” said Pinkerton, 70, of Omaha, Neb. About 1,465 homes lost power. Power was mostly restored within several hours, Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander said. The crash site is near the former Indian Dunes off-road park, where actor Vic Morrow died in a 1982 helicopter crash during production of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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