Two injured after Coast Guard helicopter crash-lands at SFO

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Two pilots injured after Coast Guard helicopter crash-lands at SFO
Two pilots suffered minor injuries after a helicopter at San Francisco International Airport's U.S. Coast Guard facility crashed and overturned during a routine training assignment today.

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Calif. (KGO) -- A Coast Guard helicopter conducting a test flight crash-landed on an airfield at the San Francisco International Airport, according to Coast Guard officials. Two pilots suffered minor injuries.

The rescue helicopter, a MH-65 Dolphin, made a hard landing around 2:50 p.m. Monday as a pilot and a flight mechanic were engaged in a routine maintenance test flight, officials said. The helicopter crashed when pilots lost control as they went to hover to land. The helicopter landed on its side.

The pilot and flight mechanic were being treated for minor injuries and were taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

"When they attempted to land a malfunction occurred and the aircraft landed on its side," said U.S. Coast Guard public information officer Bill Colclough. "Fortunately, both crew members were able to exit the aircraft."

The incident accident occurred on a tarmac at a Coast Guard facility at the north end of the airport, said SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said.

The incident is not affecting commercial operations at the airport.

An investigation into the crash is underway.

Bay City News contributed to this report.