6 people presumed dead after helicopter crashes in California's Mojave Desert en route to Las Vegas area

 Authorities say six people have died after a helicopter crashed in a California section of the Mojave Desert on Friday.

The accident happened around 10 pm. Friday local time. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Fox News Digital that the helicopter was a Eurocopter EC130 and was carrying six people.

According to Fox 11 Los Angeles, the crash happened near Nipton, California, just east of Interstate 15, near Halloran Springs Road, near the California-Nevada border.

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The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department told local outlets that the helicopter departed Palm Springs Airport at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Friday. It was headed toward Boulder City, Nevada, before it crashed. Boulder City is about 26 miles from Las Vegas.

Officials searched for survivors, but found none. No victims have been identified.

"The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate," an FAA statement said. "The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide any updates."

The NTSB told Fox News Digital that its investigators would arrive at the scene Saturday.

An NTSB spokesperson said, "They will be documenting the scene and examining the aircraft." "The aircraft will then be transported to a secure facility for further evaluation."

Fox News Digital contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for more information, but did not receive a response.

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