A FLYING instructor and his student have narrowly escaped death after the helicopter they were in crashed at an airport in Sydney’s south.
The small Robinson R22 chopper came down at Bankstown Airport around 12.30pm AEDT on Sunday.
Emergency services rushed to the scene where they found the four-seater helicopter with significant damage.
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It’s understood the chopper’s tail rotor snapped off on impact with the ground.
Update: Bankstown helicopter crash. Oops the tail came off. 2 treated with minor injuries. Investigation underway. Photo credit: Active Media Images (c) 2018 pic.twitter.com/IUq68K2xk1
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Incredibly, two men aged 56 and 43 who were on board escaped with only minor injuries.
Police said the older man had been instructing the younger man at the time of the accident.
The pair were treated by paramedics at the scene.
Police said initial inquiries indicated the helicopter crashed at low altitude.
They are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash, alongside the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).