NEAR WHITTIER (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say the pilot of a Bell 47 helicopter was injured in an emergency landing at a park in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter rolled on its side during the landing after it lost power.READ MORE: LAPD Arrests Two Suspects Responsible For Shooting In Watts
The incident was initially reported by fire officials as a chopper crash.
The situation unfolded Saturday morning about 9:26 a.m. near the intersection of Potrero Avenue and Lerma Road in Whittier Narrows, a recreation site.READ MORE: Multi-Vehicle Crash In Irwindale Closes Multiple Lanes On 605 Freeway
The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the incident occurred near the tennis courts and caused a fuel leak of about 100 gallons.
A hazardous material team was also dispatched to the site.MORE NEWS: Grundstrom Lifts Kings To 3-2 Win Over Devils
The FAA also said that a passenger in the chopper sustained minor injuries. However, that person declined medical treatment, according to firefighters.