Flight Instructor and Student Suffer Minor Injuries in Helicopter’s Crash Landing at John Wayne Airport

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A flight instructor and student suffered minor injuries when their helicopter crash landed at John Wayne Airport in Orange County Monday afternoon, officials said.

The chopper could be seen tipped over on its side in a photo of the incident tweeted by O.C. Fire Authority. Fire officials responded to the crash site just after 3:30 p.m.

The two injured people were treated and refused to be taken for further medical treatment, according to fire officials. They were later identified as a flight instructor and student by Deeanne Thompson, a spokesperson for John Wayne Airport.

The aircraft was a Cabri G2 helicopter and it crashed along runway 20L at Taxiway J, according to John Wayne Airport officials. That runway is intended for smaller aircraft and was shut down for about an hour an half as it was cleared of oil spilled during the crash, officials said.

The airport said the chopper was released for removal by National Transportation Safety Board officials at 4:10 p.m.

There's been no disruption to commercial flights, airport officials said. In photos of the scene, first responders could be seen lifting the chopper up with a crane.

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