Small Helicopter Crashes at Riverside Airport; No Injuries: Officials

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A student pilot escaped injury Thursday morning when a small helicopter crashed at the Riverside Municipal Airport on Thursday morning, officials said.

A helicopter is seen at Riverside Municipal Airport after it crashed on March 17, 2016. (Credit: City of Riverside Fire Department)

A helicopter is seen at Riverside Municipal Airport after it crashed on March 17, 2016. (Credit: City of Riverside Fire Department)

Shortly before 9 a.m. a tweet from the airport’s official account stated: “Helicopter down. Air Ops responding.”

The sole occupant of the 1983 Robinson R-2 was unhurt in what a Riverside Fire Department spokesman described as a “hard landing.”

No fire occurred in the incident, which happened as the pilot of the two-seat helicopter was practicing take-offs and landings, Battalion Chief Mike Staley said.