- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) - Federal officials say they’re investigating after a small helicopter made a hard landing at a Long Island airport.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration says it happened around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.

She says the Robinson R-22 helicopter landed hard and then rolled over on its side in a grassy area near an airport runway.

The airport’s commissioner, Robert Schaefer, tells Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1Pnapxz ) there was a pilot and a student in the helicopter.

He says both men had “no external injuries,” but were taken to hospitals for examinations.

Authorities did not immediately identify the men.

A spokeswoman for the Town of Islip, which operates the airport, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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This story has been corrected to show the airport commissioner’s first name is Robert, not Robery

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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