Firefighters responded to a helicopter crash in a field in Oxnard Saturday morning, the Oxnard Fire Department said.
The crash was reported at about 9:40 a.m. near the intersection of West Gonzales Road and North Victoria Avenue, according to authorities.
When crews responded, they found a helicopter down and on fire in the field, Oxnard Fire Department Battalion Chief Sergio Martinez said.
The pilot, a man in his 40s, had extricated himself out of the aircraft before first responders arrived, and was suffering from “lower extremity injuries” that were not life-threatening, Martinez said.
The man was assessed at the scene and transported to a hospital, authorities said.
The crash started a small grass fire that was put out, according to fire officials.
Photos showed firefighters working at the scene of the crash where debris covered a small grass field that was charred black from the fire.
The helicopter appeared to have been part of a nearby crop-dusting operation, Martinez said.
No other injuries were reported.
It is unknown what caused the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.
#GonzalesInc. Firefighters from @VCFD, @VenturaCityFD and @OxnardFire are on scene of a helicopter crash near Oxnard. Pilot was able to self-extricate. Unknown if injured. Small fire has been extinguished. Cause of the crash is being investigated. pic.twitter.com/o2mfj1DW7l
— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) May 4, 2019
Helicopter down in the field at Victoria and Gonzales. A single patient self extricated prior to Crews arrival. Transported with non life-threatening injuries at this time. The helicopter fire started in approx 1/4 acre grass fire. Fire is been knocked down.
— Oxnard Fire Dept. (@OxnardFire) May 4, 2019