A firefighting helicopter crashed in Southern California while fighting a blaze, officials say

by Andrew Wright
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A helicopter that was being used to combat a fire crashed in Riverside County in Southern California on Sunday, as confirmed by emergency officials.

While fighting a fire, the helicopter was functioning under a contract with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, according to fire captain and spokesperson Richard Cordova.

A response to an aerial emergency was made by sheriff’s deputies at 7:20 p.m. PDT near Pipeline Road and Apache Trail. At that time, crews were tackling the Broadway fire close to Cabazon, the Riverside County Sheriff’s office revealed on X, the platform previously known as Twitter.

The ongoing investigation by the department includes examining the crash and determining if any other aircraft were involved in the incident, as stated by Cordova.

Information regarding the number of injuries or deaths was not immediately provided.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about ​

Where did the firefighting helicopter crash occur?

The firefighting helicopter crashed in Riverside County in Southern California while battling a blaze.

Who was responsible for the operation of the crashed helicopter?

The helicopter was operating under contract with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

When did the sheriff’s deputies respond to the air emergency?

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the air emergency at 7:20 p.m. PDT.

What is the status of the investigation into the crash?

The department is still investigating the crash, including whether other aircraft were involved.

Are there any details available on injuries or fatalities from the crash?

Details were not immediately available on the number of injuries or fatalities.

More about ​

  • Riverside County Sheriff’s Office
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Local news report on the helicopter crash
  • National aviation safety authority’s website

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Sara Johnson August 7, 2023 - 6:39 am

What’s happening with the investigation? is there more info somewhere?? Helicopters are always going down in that area.

Henry G August 7, 2023 - 11:48 am

Why isnt there more details on injuries or fatalities. People needs to know if there familys are ok, or not.

Mike87 August 7, 2023 - 12:27 pm

Its so scary how often this is happening. hope they get to the bottom of it soon.

LindaT August 7, 2023 - 5:40 pm

I used to live near Cabazon, always a risk with wildfires and all that 🙁 Safety first folks!

John Smith August 7, 2023 - 7:04 pm

Cant believe this happened right in my backyard! hope everyone’s okay, prayers for all involved,


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