NTSB: S-64 Descending as It Collided with Bell 407
Firefighting helicopters took different routes around terrain before collision
Path taken by S-64 and Bell 407 helicopters before midair collision
Two helicopters under contract to Cal Fire in response to the Broadway Fire west of Palm Springs, California, just before dusk on August 6 collided after flying separate routes around terrain. Both crew on the S-64 survived while the three occupants of the Bell 407 perished. (Image: NTSB)