LOS ANGELES:- Three people were killed when a tour and flight-training helicopter crashed into a house in coastal southern California on Wednesday, witnesses and emergency personnel said. Witnesses described seeing a plume of smoke as the four-seat Robinson 44 craft plunged to the ground and appeared to clip the roof of one home before skidding along the ground at an intersection and smashing into another house. A nearby resident told the local ABC7 news channel it "sounded like a train coming through." Upon arriving at the scene she said she "saw one man out, I'm not sure if he fell out, and there was body parts."–AFP

"I put my hand on the back of the helicopter and started praying over them. Because I knew at that point there weren't any survivors," she added.