Helicopter crashes in Phoenix neighborhood; 2 hurt

Associated Press Modified: May 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm •  Published: May 2, 2012
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PHOENIX (AP) — A small helicopter crashed into a residential neighborhood Wednesday, knocking off part of a home's roof before settling in a tree just feet from another house.

Two men were on board when the aircraft went down, the fire department said. They appeared to be in stable condition when they were taken to a nearby hospital.

There was no fire and no injuries on the ground.

Neighbor Scott Chapin said he heard the helicopter hitting his neighbor's house and ran outside, where he saw the wreckage sticking up. He said that he initially thought it was a tree trimmer's boom or a piece of construction machinery that had hit power lines above the home.

"But then that didn't make any sense, because the rotor was still going around making an incredibly weird noise, a very ear-deafening noise," Chapin said. "So I knew it was something else, but it did not dawn on me that it was a helicopter because that's such a rare thing to happen in the middle of a Wednesday."

The helicopter appeared to fall almost vertically onto the roof, then slid off and landed in the tree, Chapin said.

One of the two men on board was helped to the street by bystanders, Chapin said. He didn't see the second man.