In a news conference Sunday night, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the investigation into the helicopter crash that left nine people dead may take weeks.
Federal agencies, including the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, are assisting with the investigation. The FAA has secured a 5-mile flight restriction and a 5,000 foot ceiling on the site, Villanueva said.
The crash site is also near a residential community, Villanueva said.
“It’s a logistical nightmare because the crash site itself is not easy access,” Villanueva said.
People — well-wishers and mourners — have descended on the crash site and residential areas, adding to the logistical nightmare Villanueva described.
“If you do not have identification that says you are a local resident, you won’t have access to the area,” Villanueva said.
Dr. Jonathan Lucas, Los Angeles County Coroner, said multiple members of the office’s operation response team were at the crash site.
Recovery efforts began today, but given the terrain of the crash site, Lucas said it could take a few days to complete.
“Our next priority after recovery is identification and notification of the families,” Lucas said.
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