Six people, including a doctor, were injured when a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter crashed in the Angeles National Forest Saturday evening.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva told the media the victims, five of whom deputies are expected to survive the crash and undergo treatment for fractures and broken ribs at the Pomona Valley Medical Center.
Villanueva revealed the five sheriff’s department personnel are composed of a pilot, the co-pilot, a crew chief, and two paramedics.
Sources said the sixth victim is a doctor from UCLA.
In the initial police investigation, the helicopter was dispatched in the area after a car rolled over.
“The fact that it did not roll over and go down, or that there was no fire, is nothing short of a miracle,” Villanueva said.
“So we’re very grateful for that,” Villanueva added.
At the moment, the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have already launched a joint investigation into the cause of the crash.