UPDATE: Corona Man Killed In Helicopter Crash

Carl Nurmi of Corona died in the crash.

UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: The identity of a man killed in a helicopter crash near Lake Skinner Monday has been released by the Riverside County Coroner's Office.

Carl Nurmi, 61, of Corona was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:50 a.m., the coroner reported.

According to the coroner's report, Nurmi was piloting the Robinson R22 and lost control on landing. One passenger was aboard the aircraft and sustained minor injuries, according to Riverside County Sheriff's Department Deputy Albert Martinez.

The crash was reported to the sheriff’s office at 10:17 a.m. near Borel and Buck roads, Martinez said.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Lynn Lunsford, the helicopter "crashed under unknown circumstances about three to four miles east of French Valley Airport."

The sheriff's department had the lead on the crash investigation through the morning, but Martinez confirmed the FAA was taking over.

At press time, neither Lunsford nor Martinez released information on where the helicopter was based or where it was flying to.

According to the aircraft's tail number released by Lunsford, the chopper's registered owner is November Alpha LLC based out of Los Angeles. The company provides the Robinson R22 helicopters for lease to flight schools, commercial operators and businesses, according to its website. Attempts to reach the company for comment were unsuccessful.

Nurmi also went by a middle name of Johan, The Press-Enterprise reported.

Johan Nurmi held national and world records and was the vice president and owner of USA Academy of Aviation, a flight school based out of the French Valley Airport near Murrieta, according to USAacademy.com.

The coroner's office was not able to confirm the middle name Monday night and stated only that their records show the deceased as Carl Nurmi, age 61.

Cat July 10, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I wonder if the pilot had some sort of health issue (attack) that might have caused this crash? My condolences to the Nurmi family. I hope his passenger has a speedy recovery.
Jim Bilbrey July 13, 2012 at 06:08 AM
I knew Johan for over 15 years. He was my helicopter instructor, friend, and past business partner. He and Monica are lovely people who always had a smile and a good word for everyone. Johan and Monica introduced many people to the gift of vertical flight and trained many competent helicopter pilots. He lived life to the fullest. Johan, your journey continues......... Looking forward to seeing you again someday my friend. Farewell for now.....
jimmy August 16, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Did the tail rotor shaft push back and was trying to punch out the back like the other helicopter crash from his school?


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