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A helicopter with a flight instructor and a student pilot aboard landed hard and rolled over Wednesday at Long Beach Airport, causing minor injuries to one of the occupants, authorities said.

The Robinson R-22 went down about 1:10 p.m. on Pad 3 in the northeast part of the facility, airport spokeswoman Cassie Chauvel said.

Brian Fisk of the Long Beach Fire Department said the helicopter dropped from about 50 feet in the air.

A man in his 40s sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, according to Fisk, who didn’t know if the man was the instructor or student pilot.

A check of the helicopter’s registration number indicated it is owned by Spitzer Helicopter LLC out of Canyon Lake in Riverside County.

–City News Service

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