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Newport Beach helicopter crash victims named

The scene of a helicopter crash in Newport Beach on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.
The scene of a helicopter crash in Newport Beach on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.
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California authorities have released the name of all three people killed when a small helicopter crashed in a Newport Beach neighborhood.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department says the dead are 60-year-old Joseph Anthony Tena of Newport Beach, 45-year-old Kimberly Lynne Watzman of Santa Monica and 56-year-old Brian R. Reichelt of Hollywood.

Authorities say four people were aboard the Robinson R44 helicopter when it went down on Tuesday afternoon just a few minutes after taking off from John Wayne Airport.

Officials have not specified who was aboard the aircraft and who was on the ground or who was injured.

Neighbor Marian Michaels says she thought it was an earthquake when the helicopter slammed into the house.

Another neighbor, Roger Johnson, says he heard a scream that sounded like it was from a horror movie before rushing to the scene to try to help.

This story has been updated.