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Helicopter Crashes in Griffith Park, Passengers Uninjured (PHOTO)

Helicopter Crashes in Griffith Park, Passengers Uninjured (PHOTO)

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Updated at the bottom with details about the passengers from the L.A. Fire Department. First posted at 2:54 p.m.See a photo of the chopper after the jump.

In this city of buzzing aircraft -- news choppers, police, tourist rides and rich-guy toys -- it's amazing that this doesn't happen more often.

A helicopter crashed in the middle of Griffith Park. And no one, it seems, was injured:

The emergency landing/crash was reported at 2:17 p.m. near the 2800 block of East Observatory Road, an LAPD spokeswoman told us.


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Four Three people [see more below] were on board a black helicopter when it went down and ended up on its side, she said:. Miraculously, they were not injured.

It's not clear if it was a private helicopter, but LAPD says it wasn't one of theirs. We'll bring more info as it becomes available.

[Added at 4:16 p.m.]: The L.A. Fire Department says the aircraft was a "private" chopper.

[Update at 5:07 p.m.]: The LAFD says three people onboard -- a 33-year-old woman, a 25-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and were checked out at the scene.

A 50-year-old park ranger who apparently had responded to the situation suffered heat exhaustion and was taken to a hospital in serious condition, says the LAFD's Jaime Moore.

Tim Lynn, a pilot-reporter who helps run KTLA News' Sky 5 chopper, described the accident to us as an emergency landing on a steep slope that caused the ship to roll over on its side.

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