Two injured in Fresno helicopter crash

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A helicopter lost control and crashed in the front year of a home in Central California. According to authorities, the pilot and passenger were injured. 

The helicopter clipped the edge of the house and sheared off the top of a palm tree before crashing on its side in southeast Fresno around 10 a.m. 

The 47-year-old pilot and a 33-year-old passenger on board were hospitalized with minor injuries. Nobody on the ground was hurt. 

According to police Lt. Charlie Chamalbide. The aircraft was a surveying helicopter on a test run. There is no information about who owned it or who the occupants were working for. 

“They heard a pop and then they started losing altitude — that’s as far as we know,” Chamalbide told reporters.

The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating.