3 injured after helicopter responding to Hemet fire crashes in Banning

Three people were injured after a helicopter crashed in Banning Saturday evening. 

The Riverside County Fire Department responded to a helicopter incident near the Banning Airport before 4 p.m.

Officials say the helicopter was assigned to the Fairview Fire and crashed while landing at the airport.

Three people, a pilot and two fire personnel, sustained moderate injuries. All three were extricated from the helicopter and transported to a local trauma center.

As of Sunday afternoon, one firefighter was released from the hospital. The pilot and the other firefighter remain hospitalized; their conditions are not known at this time. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.