A helicopter suddenly dropped in Beijing near Naizi County, Chaoyang District, around 11 am today. No injuries from the crash reported; the accident is still under investigation. pic.twitter.com/j3sw5mErMo
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) July 30, 2018
A civilian helicopter crashed into a parking lot in the Chinese capital on Monday after the pilot managed to steer the aircraft away from crowded areas, the state-run Beijing Youth Daily said.
No one on the ground was injured, Beijing police said on Chinese social network Weibo. Four people onboard suffered minor injuries.
Bell Helicopter told Reuters the helicopter was a Bell 429 aircraft owned by Reignwood Star Aviation, adding it was investigating the cause of the crash.
A Reignwood representative told Reuters the Civil Aviation Administration of China was also investigating.
On the video footage posted on the network from the scene, it is clear how the helicopter makes several turns around itself before falling.
According to eyewitnesses as a result of the fall, the helicopter broke into two parts.
The rescue team and firefighters have rushed to the site; the cause of the crash is being investigated. Four people on board of the Bell 429 aircraft owned by Reignwood Star Aviation suffered injuries and have been taken to a hospital, according to China Global Television Network.