LOS ANGELES (AP) A tour helicopter crashed on an island off the Southern California coast Saturday morning, killing three people and injuring three others, a county sheriff's deputy said.
The helicopter shot flames from its exhaust pipe while it was over water, then went down on the west end of Santa Catalina Island near Two Harbors, causing a small fire that was quickly doused, said county sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
The crash killed two men and one woman immediately, said County Supervising Fire Dispatcher Melanie Flores. Their identities were not released.
Two injured women and one injured man were taken by helicopter to mainland hospitals, Whitmore said. Two of the injured were in critical condition with broken bones and other injuries.