FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — No one was hurt when a small helicopter crash landed at a North Carolina regional airport.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the Fayetteville Fire Department says the two-seat helicopter had just taken off from Fayetteville Regional Airport when it had a mid-air emergency Thursday night. Capt. Justin Nobles says the pilot brought the aircraft back to the ground, but it landed hard, skidding about 25 feet (7.62 meters) and buckling.

Multiple emergency crews dispatched to the crash, but were soon canceled.

Nobles says there was damage to the aircraft’s landing skids and rotor blades. The fire department’s hazardous materials team removed the fuel from the helicopter’s tanks because of a minor leak.

The cause of the crash is unknown. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com