Las Vegas police crash helicopter in residential neighborhood near downtown


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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