1 hospitalized after helicopter crashes at Riverside Municipal Airport during flight training

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- One person was hospitalized Friday morning after a helicopter crashed at Riverside Municipal Airport, officials said.

Two people were onboard the helicopter when it went down shortly before 11 a.m., a spokesperson for the Riverside Fire Department said. The condition of the hospitalized person was unknown; the second occupant was not seriously injured.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Hughes MD 500 helicopter was in the middle of flight training when it went down. An instructor and a student were aboard the aircraft, Riverside fire officials said.

Officials say the pilot instructor and student were performing auto rotations when they lost control. The crash caused the tail of the helicopter to snap off.
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