Three people were killed when a tour and flight-training helicopter crashed into a house in coastal southern California on Wednesday, witnesses and emergency personnel said.
A piece of the helicopter was seen on the roof of a home across the street from where it landed.
An eyewitness told KCAL-TV that he saw the pilot lying injured but alive on the grass and there were three other people inside the wreckage.
The aircraft, a four-seat Robinson R44, landed in a gated community in Newport Beach, some 45 miles south east of Los Angeles, at around 1:45pm.
One of the deceased was a person who was on the ground when the crash occurred. "It was just this intense loud noise". She ran outside and saw a chaotic and gruesome sight. She said she knows the people who live in the home where the helicopter crash. A woman was home at the time, but was in the kitchen and did not suffer any injuries.
Four people were on board the helicopter when it crashed into the residential area, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).