Helicopter crashes at Long Beach Airport; student injured

LONG BEACH — Authorities say a student and a flight instructor crashed in a helicopter at Long Beach Airport, but only one had injuries and they were considered minor.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pair were practicing hovering over a grassy area in a two-set Robinson R-22 helicopter Wednesday when a right skid touched the ground and the aircraft rolled over.

Gregor says the student had minor leg and shoulder injuries and the instructor was not hurt.

FAA records show the helicopter's registered owner is Rick Shuster Aviation Services of Thousand Oaks. A phone number listed for the company was disconnected.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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