A helicopter went down at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.
Charles Bosworth, of Jet Aviation, said a trainer and another person were inside the helicopter, part of the Midwest Helicopter Training Academy, when it hit the ground. Both were seen climbing out of the helicopter and walking away after the crash, he said.
Fire Chief Michael Mavrogeorge, the emergency management director at the airport, said the air traffic control tower was notified at 11:14 a.m. that a helicopter with two occupants inside was on its roof and in pieces near the runway.
They were transferred to Saint Louis University Hospital with minor injuries, Mavrogeorge said.
The aircraft suffered heavy damage, and while the main cockpit was intact, the tail boom was no longer attached. The helicopter, which came apart on impact, was a Guimbal Cabri G2 model.
“They were very lucky,” Mavrogeorge said. “Anytime an aircraft comes apart in pieces, we’re very lucky to walk away with minor injuries.”
Authorities were waiting for federal investigators to arrive. Mavrogeorge said it will be awhile before they know what’s going on. As of 12:30 p.m., the primary runway was open but runway 30 right was closed.
Patti Beck with Bi-State Development, which owns and operates the airport, said the FAA had been notified and would be conducting the investigation.