Helicopter crashes in desert near Borrego Springs

Helicopter crashes near Borrego Springs
Helicopter crashes near Borrego Springs
Posted at 2:11 PM, Apr 30, 2018

BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. (KGTV) - A helicopter made a hard landing in the Anza-Borrego desert about three miles east of Borrego Springs in East San Diego County Monday, deputies said.

Four people were on board the Robinson R-44 helicopter when it went down about 1:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Office.

Three people were treated at the scene, according to The Borrego Sun. Deputies said they had minor injuries.

The helicopter is registered to Big Blue Corp of Las Vegas. 10News is working to confirm that it may have been operated by Big Blue Air, a tour company based in Palm Springs. A company representative had no immediate comment on the landing.

Borrego Springs Airport officials said the male pilot was on the way to the Rams Hill Country Club in Borrego Springs.

The helicopter landed in rough terrain near Inspiration Wash, officials said. The area is accessible to 4WD vehicles via dirt track. Temperatures are in the high 70s.

The FAA and NTSB will investigate the landing.