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Helicopter Crashes Behind South Brunswick School

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A helicopter is seen after making an emergency landing - South Brunswick, NJ - Jul 20, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

A helicopter is seen after making an emergency landing – South Brunswick, NJ – Jul 20, 2011 (credit: Levon Putney / WCBS 880)

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (AP / CBSNewYork) - A pilot and passenger are hospitalized after a helicopter on a photo shoot made an emergency landing behind a school in central New Jersey Wednesday.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney On The Scene

South Brunswick Police Sgt. Jim Ryan says the 27-year-old pilot and a 44-year-old female passenger sustained chest and back injuries.

Their names have not been released.

Workers who were tarring the roof of the Indian Fields Elementary School told police the copter was spinning in distress and veered toward the school before making a rough landing about 100 feet from the closed building.

The windshield was smashed and the tail section was broken off.

The Robinson R22 Beta is owned by Nassau Helicopters at Princeton Airport.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters says investigators are headed to the scene and no other information is available.

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