This location, along with the hostile robots encountered upon discovering the location, is a homage to the crashed vertibird found in Klamath Canyon in Fallout 2. Daisy Whitman in Novac mentions that the vertibird suffered from a rotor malfunction over Klamath.
A deceased character named "Vertibird pilot" is included in the resources for Fallout: New Vegas, but not used. Presumably this 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.