1 dead in Santa Paula helicopter crash

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This image provided by the Santa Paula Times shows the crash site of a Robinson R22 helicopter in the Santa Clara River just west of the Santa Paula, Calif., Airport Friday May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Santa Paula Times, Debbie Johnson)

This image provided by the Santa Paula Times shows the crash site of a Robinson R22 helicopter in the Santa Clara River just west of the Santa Paula, Calif., Airport Friday May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Santa Paula Times, Debbie Johnson)

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the only person aboard was killed when a helicopter crashed in Southern California.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the helicopter went down in a dry riverbed in Ventura County three miles west of the Santa Paula Airport at about 10:30 a.m. Friday.

County fire spokesman Bill Nash says the two-seat private helicopter apparently clipped and downed power lines before crashing. A brush fire broke out that burned less than an acre before it was put out.

Nash says one person was found dead.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

 

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