BAKER, Calif. –
A helicopter carrying six people has crashed near a small town in Southern California’s Mojave Desert, authorities said.
The helicopter went down Friday night near Baker, a town of 700 people about 153 kilometers southwest of Las Vegas, KABC-TV reported.
The helicopter took off from Palm Springs Airport around 8:45 p.m. and was en route to Boulder City, Nev., when it crashed around 10 p.m., the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said. Sheriff’s officials told the station that they have been unable to locate any survivors and that the cause of the crash is unknown. Messages left by The Associated Press with the sheriff’s department and the US Federal Aviation Administration on Saturday were not immediately returned.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it has sent a team to the scene to investigate the accident.
The crash comes less than a week after a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter crashed Tuesday amid historic downpours in the mountains near San Diego, California. Five Marines were killed.
Boulder City is about 26 miles (41 km) southeast of Las Vegas, where the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to play in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday. Pop superstar Taylor Swift reportedly flew to Las Vegas after finishing a concert in Tokyo on Saturday night to watch her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, play in the game.