The name of the pilot has not been released, and it’s unclear whether he is dead or still in hospital. The crash site is located about 100 meters (330 feet) west of the former T-Mobile Arena on the border of the Coachella Valley and the Mojave Desert, west of San Bernardino. The chopper that was taking the families of the victims out of the site was an MV-22 Osprey. While the type of aircraft in which it crashed will be identified through forensic analysis, sources with knowledge of the incident say that the wreckage was flown in a C-17 aircraft of the U.S. Air Force.
A source close to the investigation says the pilot was reportedly suffering from multiple medical problems following the crash. He apparently had difficulty controlling the aircraft and was suffering from panic attacks, depression and depression-related symptoms. He had a prescription for anti-depressant, ataxia and anxiety medication in his possession, and he also had been treated for PTSD, insomnia, PTSD, panic attacks and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The pilot also had an untreated alcohol problem and was reportedly living near a rehab center, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation.
Sources confirm that the pilot was the husband-and-wife team of John Eaves and Marceline Zobayan. Sources say that the husband and wife team were taking their lives because the family was unable, or unwilling, to support them financially. Sources close to the investigation say that it was likely a single incident, but it is also possible that the incident was part of a larger pattern of stress-depression and alcohol abuse that had already been going on for months, if not years, before the aircraft crashed.
There is no word yet on where this aircraft went down. The families of the deceased are being asked to leave their personal property at the scene.