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Helicopter crash in Mojave Desert kills three [Updated]

November 7, 2009 |  3:20 pm

Three people were killed Saturday when their vintage military helicopter crashed after striking power lines in San Bernardino County.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the 1951 Piasecki PV-18 helicopter took off from Adelanto Airport at 8:30 a.m. headed to Flabob Airport in Riverside. It crashed and burst into flames a mile into its flight.

The identities of those killed were not immediately available. [Updated at 8:20 p.m.: FAA records list the owner of the helicopter as Joseph William Pike of Victorville.]

-- Mike Anton