3 dead, 2 injured after helicopter crashes into house in Newport Beach

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Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan said three people died in the crash, and two other people were taken to hospitals for treatment.

THREE people have been killed and two injured after a helicopter crashed into a house in California. Visible damage to the home occurred with at least one exterior wall showing evidence of the impact.

Photos show a piece of the tail rotor lodged into the roof of a home across the street.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, four people were inside the helicopter. The helicopter is based out of John Wayne Airport in Orange County. The operator is Santa Ana-based Revolution Aviation.

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It did not appear anyone one the ground or in the homes was injured, officers said.

A neighbor told KABC that she feared for her own home.

"We heard an engine, we thought it was a plane coming over our backyard, then we heard it make a puttering sound and then the engine cut out and stopped", said Christie McKenna. "It was just this intense loud noise". She ran outside and saw a chaotic and gruesome sight. A woman was home at the time, but was in the kitchen and did not suffer any injuries.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were both responding to investigate the scene.

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