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Helicopter crashes at Long Beach Airport [Updated]

October 12, 2010 |  1:08 pm

A helicopter has crashed at the Long Beach Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

[Updated at 1:16 p.m.: Two people were taken to local hospitals, one suffering from what Long Beach fire officials described as moderate injuries and the other from minor injuries.]

The crash was reported to aviation officials at 12:40 p.m. Authorities could not immediately say if the crash took place during a takeoff or a landing.

The helicopter, a two-seat Robinson R44, tipped on its side at the helipad, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. Initial reports said it was leaking fuel.

The helicopter is registered to Rick Shuster Aviation Services based in Thousand Oaks, according to FAA records.

-- Andrew Blankstein