- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SAVOY, Ill. (AP) - Officials at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Willard Airport say no one was seriously hurt when a small helicopter crashed during training maneuvers.

Willard Airport executive director Gene Cossey tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2joEuV1 ) the two-person helicopter was doing air-traffic patterns for training when it hit the ground and flipped. Emergency crews responded about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Cossey says both the student pilot and instructor pilot received attention but didn’t appear seriously injured. University of Illinois police spokesman Pat Wade says they weren’t taken to the hospital.

Cossey says the aircraft was seriously damaged. He says it’s owned by a private training company and neither pilot is affiliated with the university.

The airport is in Savoy, about 15 miles south of Champaign.


Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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