Las Vegas police crash helicopter in residential neighborhood near downtown

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A Las Vegas police officer stands by the wreckage of a Las Vegas police helicopter Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Las Vegas. Two officers were hospitalized with injuries from the crash. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas PD release a photo of their helicopter that went down in a residential area. 2 officers survived w/injuries http://t.co/755KYv1Ja8
UPDATE: Las Vegas officers in this afternoon’s helicopter crash sustained minor injuries: http://t.co/v8o94NcZ3L http://t.co/9Rxm2lAHEz
See the skid marks? Looks like possibly run-on landing due to loss of tail roter control. # speculation #mynews3 http://t.co/XKec3gOWvv
#BREAKING UPDATE: Here's file photo of @LVMPD chopper that crashed near downtown Las Vegas: http://t.co/UAKd2ZdQny http://t.co/OJ8TmKXnBk
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By RYAN GORMAN

A police helicopter crashed Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas.

The Metro Police chopper went down around 1:30 p.m. in a residential neighborhood near downtown Vegas, according to local television station KLAS.

The helicopter landed hard on the ground but did not catch fire, witnesses told the Las Vegas Sun.

The helicopter landed in the middle of a residential street, but no one on the ground appears to have been injured.

It narrowly avoided hitting a house before skidding to a stop.

The two officers aboard the aircraft were injured, but were later declared okay, according to the station.

The helicopter was purchased new in 2010, according to KLAS.

It is one of five operated by the police department, according to the Sun.

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