Flight Instructor Dies in Hayward Helicopter Crash

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HAYWARD (AP) — A city spokesman says a training helicopter has crashed in the Bay Area, killing a flight instructor and seriously injuring a student.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a student and instructor of Pacific Helicopters flight school were the only two people aboard the helicopter when it crashed at Hayward Executive Airport, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

Chuck Finnie, a spokesman for the city of Hayward, says the flight instructor was pronounced dead at the scene Monday afternoon and the student was taken to a nearby hospital.

It is not known whether the instructor or student was flying the helicopter at the time of the crash but Finnie said they were practicing takeoffs and landings.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

This is a developing story.

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