3 die in Calif. medevac helicopter crash


Aircraft goes down in fog near the summit of Cajon Pass en route to its base after dropping a patient off at a hospital.
By Duke Helfand and Evelyn Larrubia
Los Angeles Times
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LOS ANGELES — A medevac helicopter carrying three crew members crashed Sunday night in a mountainous area near the summit of Cajon Pass, killing all aboard, authorities said.

The helicopter from Mercy Air Service Inc. was returning to its base at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville from Loma Linda University Medical Center when it went down in fog about 6:02 p.m. at about 4,000 feet elevation. Before the crash, the crew had airlifted a patient from the community of Phelan, near the pass' summit, to the Loma Linda facility.

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