The Riverside County Coroner’s office has just released the name of the man killed when his helicopter crashed shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 25 in Corona.
James Belcher, 61, of Long Beach died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed near the fueling station at the Corona Airport.
The four-seat Robinson R-44 struck the canopy at the fueling station area of the airport and exploded, according to a preliminary report from the Federal Aviation Administration.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said a National Transportation Safety Board investigator at the crash scene said the helicopter’s rotor blades struck the canopy that sits over the fuel pumps.
“However, we don’t know the sequence of events or circumstances behind the accident,” Gregor told City News Service.
The chopper was registered to the law offices of James Belcher in Las Vegas, according to FAA registration records.
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*City News Service contributed to this report.