Helicopter crash reported at San Francisco International Airport



SAN FRANCISCO (KRON, BCN) — A helicopter has crashed on the San Francisco International Airport air field, according to the San Mateo County Dispatch.

The U.S. Coast Guard was conducting a routine hovering training exercise at the time of the crash landing at around 3 p.m. Monday, according to the Coast Guard. There was possibly a fire and two pilots on board. Both pilots got out safely, according to the coast guard.

The helicopter was on its side. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter’s pilot was hovering about 10 feet over a tarmac at the Coast Guard Air Station on the north side of SFO and attempting to land when it crashed at 2:55 p.m., Coast Guard officials said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries to crew members. But an airport spokesman said the two people inside suffered minor injuries.

There is no operational impact to SFO, the airport said.

Four helicopters and about 100 Coast Guard personnel are based at the SFO air station, providing search-and-rescue, law enforcement, port security and other regional emergency services, according to the Coast Guard.

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