A small helicopter crashed in the traffic lanes of a busy freeway, killing one person on the aircraft, officials said.

The helicopter went down Friday night on the southbound lanes of Highway 110 in south Los Angeles, said Ron Myers, the city's fire department spokesman.

The aircraft was burning when fire crews arrived. One body was pulled from the charred fuselage. The victim's identity was not immediately released.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Bruce Nelson said the helicopter was a two-seated Robinson R22. Investigators from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were at the scene of the crash.

Debris was scattered across several hundred yards of the freeway. There were no immediate reports of any other injuries, though some cars may have driven over debris, Nelson said.