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Helicopter crash at Lethbridge


Two people appear to have had a miraculous escape after a helicopter crash at Lethbridge airfield, between Ballarat and Geelong.

Emergency services were called to the airport on the Midland Highway just after 10.00am after reports that an aircraft had crashed.

The Bannockburn SES unit were sent to the scene, but no one was trapped in the wreckage, while CFA crews are dealing with a fuel leak.

Two people have been treated by paramedics with one man flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with lower back pain.

A second man has been taken to Ballarat Base Hospital in a stable condition with minor injuries.

Witnesses say the helicopter is a Robinson R44, the same model used by Geelong Helicopters for its Geelong Waterfront tourist flights.

Airport manager Gary Baum says he belives the chopper was on a recreational flight when it came down.

Images from the scene broadcast by the 7 Network suggest the pair were lucky to survive, revealing the chopper's twisted remains amid a sea of firefighting foam.

Lethbridge Airfield, also known as Lethbridge Air Park, is home to numerous commercial a private flight operators, and features flying lessons, joy flights, maintenance facilities, flying clubs and aircraft dealers.

Image: the remains of the helicopter at Lethbridge airport. (Via Channel 7).