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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Fire helicopter crashes

Sad news today as the firefighters are still working hard in the area.

JUNCTION CITY -- A helicopter assigned to a Trinity County forest fire crashed and burned Tuesday night, leaving four fire personnel in critical condition. The victims with burn injuries were flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding, according to medical dispatchers.

"We don't know the extent of those injuries at this time," Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokesman Mike Odle said Tuesday night.

There was no word on the number of people on board the aircraft or what they were doing.The Sikorsky S-61 helicopter, which was assigned to the Iron Complex fires, went down at the north end of the 15,848-acre Buckhorn Fire, Odle said. The crash site is about 15 miles northwest of Junction City in Trinity County. There were no known fatalities, Odle said.


UPDATED: (Updated 01:34 p.m., August 6, 2008)
Eight firefighters, one crew member believed dead in Trinity County helicopter crash -
Eight firefighters and one helicopter crew member are missing and believed dead in Tuesday's helicopter crash on the north end of the Buckhorn Fire in Trinity County, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said today.















The Buckhorn Fire burns in Trinity County next to what is believed to be the crash site, where a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter crashed Tuesday night while transporting firefighters. The presumed crash site is based on GPS coordinates provided by the U.S. Forest Service. Eight firefighters and one helicopter crew member are missing and believed dead in the helicopter crash, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. The helicopter pilot and three fire fighters injured in the crash were flown out and are in hospitals in Redding and Davis. Jakob Schiller/Record Searchlight

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