Rescue crews hoisted a man and a woman from a remote area of the backcountry Sunday after their helicopter slammed into the ground and crumpled during what appears to have been some sort of training exercise, a sheriff's corporal said Sunday night.
The two victims, who are both in their 30s, were transported to local trauma centers at about 4:30 p.m. with moderate to serious injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, said Cpl. Tony Webber, commander of the sheriff's hoist rescue helicopter.
The victims, who crashed at about 2:40 p.m., were fortunate to be found as quickly as they were, Webber said, explaining that they crashed in the southwest corner of the desolate, 21,400-acre Rancho Guejito property.
The victims, whose names were withheld by authorities, used a cell phone to call for help shortly after they crashed, Webber said.