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Minor injuries in accident involving two police helicopters


All six people aboard two police helicopters in Pasadena, Calif., escaped with minor injuries when the aircraft hit at a helipad on Saturday. One helicopter was taking off and the other was landing when their main rotor blades hit, causing substantial damage to both of the Bell OH-58 helicopters. It’s unclear from preliminary news reports how high off the ground the helicopters were when they hit. Photos and video of the scene showed one helicopter with its tail boom bent downward and the other with its main rotor blades snapped off. The six people aboard the helicopters were all released from hospitals by the next morning. One helicopter had been assigned to fly over a football game, while the other was on a regular patrol mission. The city of Pasadena has a fleet of six police helicopters.