Three people were killed on Tuesday afternoon after a helicopter crashed into a private home in Newport Beach.
The collision occurred at the corner of Egret Court and Shearwater Place in the Bayview Terrace neighborhood at around 1:45 p.m., and involved a four-seater Robinson 44 helicopter.
The three deceased persons included the helicopter pilot and two passengers. They have been identified as Joseph Anthony Tena, 60, Kimberly Lynne Watzman, 45, and Brian R. Reichelt, 56.
Tena was a resident of Newport Beach, while Watzman was from Santa Monica and Reichelt from Hollywood, Florida. It is unclear which of the three was the pilot.
A fourth person aboard the helicopter was critically injured and remains hospitalized, and one person on the ground was temporarily hospitalized with minor injuries. Their names have not been released.
The cause of the collision is unclear, and remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The helicopter had taken off from John Wayne Airport and was headed to Catalina Island. However, no distress call was made.
The helicopter was leased by Revolution Aviation and was the property of Spitzer Helicopter. Its purpose during the flight is unclear, but is not believed to have involved an aviation class or sightseeing tour.
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