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.