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5 lawmakers injured in LASD helicopter crash near San Gabriel Reservoir: officials

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A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department plane crashed in Angeles Crest, near the San Gabriel Reservoir, and five deputies were injured, officials said.

The accident happened just before 5 p.m. near East Fork Road and State Route 39, according to an alert from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Supervisor Ornelas.

Of the five MPs injured, one was seriously injured, two sustained moderate injuries and two suffered minor injuries, Ornelas said, and all five were taken to a local trauma center.

This hospital was identified by Sheriff Alex Villanueva as the Pomona Valley Medical Center The Los Angeles Times reported.

In a news conference, Villanueva said the helicopter was helping firefighters transport a patient from a rollover vehicle when “the helicopter had some kind of malfunction.”

“We don’t know if it was mechanical, environmental, what’s called a brownout, or a wind change, but when they tried to descend … they suffered a hard landing and a rollover,” Villanueva said.

Deputy Rob Gracia, a pilot with LASD, clarified that the helicopter crew had not picked up the patient from the rollover when the crash occurred.

“They actually made the landing to charge the patient [when the helicopter crashed]’ said Grace.

Villanueva also revealed that in addition to the deputies, there was a sixth person on board: a UCLA doctor who was traveling with the crew, although the doctor’s injuries were not further described during the press conference.

dr The hospital’s James Kim said the patients were all in stable condition, and Villanueva said the “variety of injuries” suffered by the helicopter’s occupants included “fractures and broken ribs and things like that, but fortunately nothing that was life-threatening.” is at this moment.”

The lack of fatalities, added to the fact that the helicopter didn’t fall hundreds of feet into the ravine below and didn’t catch fire, is “downright a miracle,” Villanueva said.

LASD initially said the helicopter, LASD Air Rescue 5, could carry four people, although Deputy Koerner later confirmed five deputies were involved in the crash and all were taken to the hospital.

The LASD crash came exactly a month after another police helicopter crashed in Orange County.

On February 19, a Huntington Beach Police Department helicopter crashed in Newport Beach, killing police officer Nicholas Vella and injuring another pilot.

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Dais Johnston

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