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Emergency crews rush to helicopter crash landing near Springbank Airport

WATCH ABOVE: Two people were injured when a helicopter made a hard landing north of the Springbank Airport on Wednesday. Tracy Nagai reports.

CALGARY – Two people were injured when a helicopter made a hard landing north of the Springbank Airport on Wednesday.

Emergency crews were called to Range Road 32 and Township Road 251A just before 11 a.m.

EMS say two people were on board the aircraft, one pilot and one student, although it’s not known who was operating the chopper at the time. A helicopter mechanic on scene told Global News the pilot has more than 20 years of experience.

Paramedics rushed a man in his early 40’s to hospital in serious but non-life-threatening condition, while a 50-year-old man was taken to hospital in stable, non-life-threatening condition.

Although it’s unknown what caused the crash, the helicopter’s tail rotor could be seen laying about ten meters from where the chopper landed.

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“There’s different accounts of what may have occurred,” said Stuart Brideaux with Calgary EMS. “However, the helicopter had been at a certain altitude when it descended very, very rapidly in a somewhat uncontrolled fashion – striking the ground quite hard.”

The helicopter, which is owned by Guardian Helicopters, sustained substantial damage, but did land upright.

The Transportation Safety Board said it’s aware of the incident and is gathering information.

With a file from Tracy Nagai