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Helicopter crashes in El Segundo, setting building ablaze [Updated]

A helicopter crashed Sunday morning at a Raytheon plant in El Segundo, injuring the pilot and setting a building ablaze, according to the El Segundo Fire Department.

The accident occurred as a helicopter was lifting a large air-conditioning unit off the roof of a building at the defense contractor’s plant at 2000 E. El Segundo Blvd. at about 9:30 a.m., said Battalion Chief Richard Guyer. The pilot lost control, and the helicopter plunged into a patio and tunnel area, setting the first and second floors of the E-1 building on fire.

[Updated at 3:40 p.m.: This post was changed to correct the spelling of Guyer's name.]

About 70 firefighters put out the blaze in 35 to 40 minutes, Guyer said.

The pilot survived and was taken to a trauma center, Guyer said. His condition is unknown.

[Updated at 12:29 p.m.: The pilot was seriously hurt and the helicopter was engulfed in flames and destroyed, according to FAA spokesman Mike Fergus.]

[Updated at 3:40 p.m.: The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are on scene investigating the cause of the crash.]

-- Seema Mehta and Andrew Blankstein

Comments () | Archives (10)

Good thing they weren't defending anything...

Too bad about the pilot, but if Raytheon burned, it would be karma.

Opps, that will cost ya... hope the pilot is OK.

Will this accident force Raytheon to move jobs back to OC they just eliminated? Probably not, but one can dream.

Strange comment by a former major who Raytheon probably made things for his branch of the military.

And, OC things didn't move to the El Segundo site.

I am glad the pilot is okay. Perhaps, next time, Raytheon should hire a "Heavy Load Tow-truck" to transport their heavy products. No need to put lives at risk when there are other alternatives to do a safe job.

Was it a Sakorsky?.. I've been in E-1 many times.. Back in the Hughes Aircraft days.. Now it's " Gaytheon" I guess.. El Segundo.. What a great city.

Bldg E1 - wow, I used to work there.

I live in Manhattan beach and just found out...wow...I worked at Hughes for six years too...

Raytheon, Rockwell, Northrop, Hughes Aircraft did not moved out from the state, they were force out by calif politicians


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