Reality TV Chopper Crashes near PA Campus


INDIANA, Pa. — A helicopter carrying a reality television crew crashed near a university, injuring three of the four people aboard.

The helicopter went down between apartment buildings near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Officials said no one on the ground was injured and no fatalities were reported.

IUP freshman Lauren Yates said she heard what sounded like an airplane “coming down real low.”

“It kept getting lower and lower and spun a few times,” Yates, of Harrison City in Westmoreland County, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper. “It landed on the roof and fell down and over on the cement.”

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said Sunday that one of the three passengers, all Canadian citizens, walked away but the other two and the pilot were injured. The injured people were in serious or critical condition.

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