Pictured: A piece of debris from Wednesday’s helicopter crash (Photo: Mono County Sheriff’s Dept.)/
On Wednesday afternoon, Mono County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch received a call regarding a helicopter crash near Benton Crossing Road.
An eyewitness said a crew of five or six was out setting power transmission lines. The Mono County press release did not elaborate on how the crew escaped or how the helicopter came to rest upside down.
Personnel from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, Long Valley Fire Department, Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service, and Mono County Paramedics were on scene southeast of Mammoth Lakes, near Deer Springs Road (about 1.5 miles off Benton Crossing Road). The two occupants were taken via a second on-site helicopter, from Asplundh Construction Corp. to Mammoth Hospital for evaluation. They were treated for minor injuries and released. The occupants worked for Chesapeake Bay Helicopters, contracted by Southern California Edison.
The crash caused a small brush fire that burned approximately 1.5 acres. Representatives from the NTSB and FAA arrived Thursday to conduct a full investigation.