A helicopter assisting with operations in the Fairview Fire near Hemet crashed trying to land at Banning Airport, firefighters said Saturday afternoon.
The helicopter was privately owned, officials said, and crashed into a backyard of an apartment building near the airport just before 4 p.m. The pilot and two others suffered moderate injuries and were taken to a trauma center for treatment, they said.
A statement released by the Federal Aviation Agency says the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.
Firefighters have been battling the blaze day and night and about 40% contained it as of Saturday morning across an area of 28,300 acres, Cal Fire spokesman Rob Roseen said. Two people were killed and at least one person was taken to hospital with injuries, he said, adding that the injured person is expected to survive. Thirteen buildings were destroyed and four others were damaged, he said.
He said firefighters expect the fire to be fully extinguished by Monday. Almost 1,200 firefighters were deployed to the area.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-10/helicopter-crashes-while-assisting-firefighters-battling-fairview-fire Helicopter crashes while assisting firefighters battling Fairview fire