Downed helicopter causes brush fire, two occupants survive

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Updated: 9/19/2012 4:44 pm
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (KRNV & -- A downed helicopter near Benton Crossing Road caused a small brush fire and sent the two occupants of the helicopter to the hospital.

On Wednesday at approximately 12:30pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch received a call regarding a possible helicopter crash near Benton Crossing Road with reports that the helicopter was on fire.

Upon arrival, it was confirmed that a helicopter had crashed near Benton Crossing Road and Deer Springs Road. There were two occupants in the helicopter. They were airlifted via a Mammoth/Yosemite Airport helicopter back to the Mammoth/Yosemite Airport and taken via ambulance to Mammoth Hospital for treatment.

The crash caused a small brush fire that is currently being attended to by local fire agencies. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined and is currently under investigation by the FAA.

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