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Ventura County Coroner IDs Victim In Helicopter Crash

Ventura County Coroner IDs Victim In Helicopter Crash

Officials with the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office released the identity of a helicopter crash victim Tuesday.

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Phillip Isaac Margolis III, 42, of Las Vegas, was killed Friday, said James Baroni of the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The autopsy is being conducted Tuesday, so no information on the cause of death was available, he added. The results from toxicology reports, which are also part of standard procedure, would not be available for several weeks, he said.

One Dead Following Helicopter Crash In Santa Paula. Photo Courtesy of NBCLA

The helicopter reportedly clipped power lines before it went down, according to officials.

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Authorities responded to reports of a chopper down in the 900 block of Corporation Street, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

The search area was located the Robinson R22 about two to three miles from the Santa Paula Airport near Highway 126.

Power lines were taken down and a small brush fire was reported near the crash site, fire officials said. The unidentified chopper crashed in a dry river bed, according to a statement from Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Branding on the chopper indicated it belonged to the company Channel Islands Helicopters.

Based out of Oxnard Airport, the company offers tours along the Pacific coast from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.

Channel Islands Helicopter also offers training on the R22 and R44 helicopters.

Santa Paula firefighters assisted in the search. Here’s a link to the initial crash report.

Details surrounding the crash were not immediately available. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Ventura County Coroner IDs Victim In Helicopter Crash

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