Helicopter crashes into Newport Beach home, at least 3 dead

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A helicopter crashed into Newport Beach home on Tuesday afternoon, police said. The crash was reported around 1:45 p.m.in the area of Egret Court, about a block from the beach.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter had taken off from John Wayne Airport, which is about a mile from the crash site.

Two other people were injured in the incident, officials said, but it is unclear how numerous victims were on board the aircraft.

A nearby resident told the local ABC7 news channel it "sounded like a train coming through".

The woman said the residents of the home that was struck were there, but were in another part of the property and were unharmed.

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"I put my hand on the back of the helicopter and started praying over them".

Newport Beach is about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The Robinson R44 light helicopter normally seats four people.

"The three people were all crunched in there together", a neighbour who witnessed the crash said.

The helicopter's occupants were being assessed and transported for treatment, Newport Beach police said. DEVELOPING: This story will be updated.

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