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Helicopter Crash Near Lake Skinner Kills One

George Severson

Helicopter Crash Near Lake Skinner Kills One

CREATED Jul. 9, 2012

FRENCH VALLEY - A helicopter crash Monday morning just outside of French Valley in Riverside County claimed the life of one of the two people aboard the aircraft.

According to investigators, the helicopter went down near Lake Skinner at 10:15 a.m., killing the pilot and leaving his passenger with minor injuries. The crash happened just west of Borel Road, southwest of the lake and a couple of miles east of French Valley Airport, according to a statement released the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The pilot killed in the crash is identified as Carl Nurmi of Corona. Nurmi's age was not yet determined. Investigators say he was at the controls of the helicopter when it spun into the ground during landing.

The passenger, who was not identified, walked away from the crash.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.