2 injured after helicopter crashes at Shore

A public domain image of a Robinson R22 Beta II helicopter.

A public domain image of a Robinson R22 Beta II helicopter.

A helicopter with a student pilot and an instructor aboard crashed near a small airport at the Jersey Shore, leaving two people injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Robinson R22 helicopter ended up in a marsh area west of Ocean City Municipal Airport around 9:30 a.m. Friday. It apparently had taken off a short time earlier.

Aerial video from 6ABC showed the helicopter on its side. Marsh areas extend to the west of the airport, located along Bay Avenue near the back bay in the dense Cape May County municipality.

Authorities say two people aboard the helicopter were being treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

The helicopter’s owner was teaching the student pilot how to hover before the crash, NJ.com reported.

The helicopter was heavily damaged in the incident, ending up on its side with damage to its rotors. According to FAA records, the helicopter was manufactured by Robinson Helicopter and has a valid certificate through 2020.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the FAA.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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