Two People Are Dead After A Helicopter Crashes And Catches On Fire In California

Two people have been reported dead after a tragic accident which occurred at the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California. According to NBC News, the deaths occurred after the helicopter landed incorrectly on the runway. As the chopper’s blades kept spinning, the helicopter was forced into a one-minute spin, after which its tail broke off and it began to smoke and burn.

NBC reports that officials believe the crash was due to human error and not a helicopter malfunction or a lack of fuel. According to the information that’s been released, the pilot who may have been responsible for the crash was new and had not been flying for very long.

Footage of the crash was caught on camera. Below is the scene after the helicopter caught on fire, showing emergency vehicles rushing toward the smoke:

(Via NBC San Diego)