Investigation Underway After Helicopter Crash in Mojave Desert: Health Implications and Advice
A devastating helicopter crash was reported near Nipton, California, in the Mojave Desert, on February 10, 2024. The late-night crash, occurring around 10 p.m., has left no survivors located so far. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the incident. The crash site was determined to be east of the 15-Freeway, near Halloran Springs Road. The exact number of people on board and their identities are yet to be confirmed.
Details of the Crash
According to sources, the helicopter involved in the crash was identified as a Eurocopter EC 130. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are also part of the ongoing investigation. The ill-fated helicopter was carrying six people when it went down near Nipton, a small town in San Bernardino County located about 12 miles southeast of Primm, Nevada.
The helicopter is registered to a Burbank-based tour company called Orbic Air. This tragic incident comes just days after another helicopter carrying five Marines crashed in the southern California mountains during a storm. Recovery operations for the remains of the five Marines have begun, and an investigation is in progress.
Health Implications of Helicopter Crashes
Helicopter crashes, like this one, can have considerable health implications for both survivors and rescue workers. The trauma of surviving such an accident can lead to severe physical injuries, long-term psychological effects such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues. Rescue workers may also face physical and psychological risks during their search and rescue operations.
Survivors often require immediate medical attention due to injuries ranging from burns, fractures, spinal injuries, head or brain injuries, and more. The aftermath of a crash can also result in emotional trauma, grief, and shock, which can require psychological support and counselling.
Practical Advice for Helicopter Passengers
While the investigation into this tragic event continues, it is essential to remind potential helicopter passengers of some safety measures. Always listen to the pre-flight safety briefing and familiarize yourself with the emergency exit locations. Ensure your seatbelt is properly fastened and avoid moving around while the helicopter is in flight.
It is also critical to maintain good mental health practices when dealing with traumatic events. Seeking help from mental health professionals can be beneficial for survivors and family members affected by such incidents. Regular check-ups can also help identify and address any potential physical or mental health issues that may arise post-incident.
Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragic event. We will continue to follow this story and provide updates as more information becomes available from the ongoing investigation.