'No survivors' after helicopter crashes in Mojave Desert: Sheriff

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(Nipton, CA) -- Authorities said they have not been able to locate any survivors after a helicopter crashed in the Mojave Desert in California Friday night.

The crash was reported shortly after 10 p.m., a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Saturday.

"The scene of the crash was determined to be east of the 15-Freeway, near Halloran Springs Road," the statement added. "We are not able to confirm how many people were on board or their names. No survivors have been located."

A preliminary report from the Federal Aviation Administration said the Eurocopter EC-130 took off from Palm Springs, California, around 8:45 p.m. local time and crashed near Nipton, California, about an hour later.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday an investigation was underway on the cause of the crash.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 12:43PM by Patricio Chile, ABC News Permalink