LOST HILLS (CBS) — The pilot of a small helicopter used for spray agricultural operations suffered minor injuries after making a hard landing near Lost Hills.

Firefighters were sent to the area of Main Drain Road after receiving a call of a helicopter down about 7:45 a.m, Sunday, a news release issued by the Kern County Fire Department said.

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(credit: Kern County Fire Department)

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The pilot, identified as a 50-year-old man, was able to extricate himself from the chopper and was taken to an area hospital, according to authorities.

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The cause of the crash is being investigated, but authorities say engine trouble may be to blame.