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1 injured in crash of sightseeing helicopter near Custer

August 3, 2018

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — One person was injured when a sightseeing helicopter on a training flight crashed north of Custer.

Custer County Sheriff Marty Mechaley says the Bell 47 chopper lost power just before landing and came up short of a helipad Thursday morning. It clipped a van, came down on a highway and flipped into a ditch.

A 30-year-old person in the helicopter was taken to a Custer hospital with unspecified injuries. Two others onboard weren’t hurt. All three were employees of Black Hills Aerial Adventures.

The van’s occupants were uninjured.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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