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Helicopter hits NC home, crashes; 2 hospitalized

The helicopter clipped a home before crashing to the ground.

The helicopter clipped a home before crashing to the ground.  (Fox 46)

Two people have been transported to the hospital after they lost control of the helicopter they were operating, hit a house, and then crashed in a back yard near Newton, N.C.

The crash happened about 1:20 p.m. Thursday, according to Catawba County EMS. Neighbors rushed to help the injured.

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Emergency crews tell FOX 46 one person was flown to Charlotte with critical injuries and the other person was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Authorities say the helicopter crew was surveying the area for a local gas company for a new gas line when the crash occurred.

Witnesses say they observed the helicopter swaying up and down before clipping a house. 

The FAA is investigating the cause of this crash.

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