Helicopter instructor, student pilot hurt in hard landing

Published 08-10-2018

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OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) - A helicopter with a student pilot and an instructor aboard made a hard landing at a small airport in southern New Jersey, leaving both injured.

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

Authorities say the student pilot, 64-year-old Carol Gray of Bear, Del., and the instructor, 62-year-old Harvey Shubart, of Doylestown, Pa., walked away from the helicopter and were treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries that aren't considered life-threatening.

The helicopter was heavily damaged in the incident, ending up on its side with damage to its rotors.

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

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