At least 6 missing after tourist helicopter crashes in California’s San Bernardino County

A tourist helicopter crashed near California’s border with Nevada late Friday, just days after a chopper carrying five Marines also went down in the Golden State.

As of Saturday afternoon, none of the the people onboard the aircraft Friday had been found, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement to NBC News. Authorities did not say how many people were onboard, but at least six were reported missing.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter crashed around 10 p.m. local time, near the city of Nipton, located on the edge of the Mojave Desert Preserve.

The aircraft, the Eurocopter EC-130, is registered to a Burbank-based tour company called Orbic Air. According to the company’s website, it “offers the finest in helicopter rides, helicopter tours, and helicopter charters in Los Angeles.”

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

The incident comes just days after a helicopter carrying five marines, each assigned to Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, disappeared while flying back from a training session at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego to Creech Air Force Base, just northwest of Las Vegas, according to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

The aircraft’s last ping was recorded at 11:20 p.m., Mike Cornette of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection told CBS 8 news.

Civilian authorities located the chopper Wednesday around 9 a.m. PT in Pine Valley, a mountainous area some 30 miles east of the San Diego station. All five Marines have since been pronounced dead.

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