This location, along with the hostile robots you encounter upon discovering the location, is an homage to the crashed Vertibird in Klamath Canyon in Fallout 2. Daisy Whitman in Novac mentions the Klamath crashed Vertibird in her dialogue, stating that she only lost one due to "rotor malfunction over Klamath".
A deceased non-player character named "Vertibird pilot" is included in the resources for Fallout: New Vegas, but not used. Presumably this non-player character was meant to be placed at the crash site at some point during development. Among the dead pilot's inventory is a red sector key card, a further reference to the Klamath Canyon site, more specifically to the yellow reactor keycard found on one of the deceased pilots.