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.
— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) September 4, 2018
John Wayne Airport: Units responded to a helicopter incident at 3:36 PM today on the airport. Two persons were treated for minor injuries and refused transport to the hospital. All inquiries should go through John Wayne Airport Public Affairs. @JohnWayneAir pic.twitter.com/c9icp9jztE
— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) September 3, 2018
— Eric Chu (@ericthomaschu) September 3, 2018