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Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II, N242BH: Accident occurred September 10, 2022 near Banning Municipal Airport (KBNG), Riverside County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Rotorcraft crashed under unknown circumstances in residential backyard.

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Date: 09-SEP-22
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N242BH
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Flight Crew: 1 Minor Injuries
Pax: 2 Minor Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)

BANNING, California (KABC) -- Three people were injured after a helicopter crashed near the Banning Municipal Airport as fire crews work to slow the spread of the deadly Fairview Fire southeast of Hemet.

The Riverside County Fire Department tells Eyewitness News the helicopter went down near the airport just before 4 p.m.

All three people on board were sent to the hospital with moderate injuries, according to the fire department.

Officials said the helicopter is privately owned and crews on the scene confirmed Saturday night those on board were Cal-fire employees assigned to the Fairview Fire response team.

It's unclear what caused the crash as the incident remains under investigation.

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