Military aircraft crashes in Imperial County, killing at least 4

A military plane crashed in Imperial County near the Arizona border on Wednesday afternoon, killing four people on board, according to preliminary reports.

A helicopter went down somewhere near the Glamis Dunes, off Coachella Canal Road and Highway 78, according to reports from emergency responders and Imperial County spokesman Gil Rebollar.

“I can confirm that the county is assisting the military with a downed helicopter,” Rebollar said when reached by phone.

Local firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and other emergency responders support the El Centro Naval Air Force Base. Whether the military plane came from the base, Rebollar could not say.

Radio calls from emergency responders at the scene indicated that nuclear material might have been on board the aircraft, but Naval Air Facility El Centro spokesman Kristopher Haugh could not confirm this information.

Haugh confirmed that a military vehicle crashed in the remote area, but also could not say if there were any fatalities.

A federal source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there were five people on board the helicopter and four were dead.

Rescue teams in the area searched for a fifth person who was on board the vehicle.

A military V-22 Osprey was deployed to assist in the search.

This is breaking news and will be updated as more information becomes available.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-08/military-aircraft-crashes-in-imperial-county Military aircraft crashes in Imperial County, killing at least 4

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