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Apr 4, 2014 7:34 PM by Mark Thorsell, Brin Merkley - KPAX News

2 walk away after helicopter crashes at Missoula airport

MISSOULA - A helicopter has crashed at the Missoula International Airport.

The pilot was taking off to perform a training exercise at around 3:45 p.m. when the chopper crashed on the west-end of the airport property.

Officials on scene told MTN News that it was a miracle to respond to a call like this where nobody was hurt.

Authorities tell us it appears the chopper tilted when taking off, causing the blades to hit the ground

The Minuteman Aviation helicopter flipped over, causing a small fire inside, but the flames were quickly extinguished.

A number of emergency response crews arrived, but the man and the woman on board refused medical attention.

"I've been here six years and this is the first Alert 3 scenario that I've been aware of," Airport Public Safety Chief Jesse Johnson said. "We responded [and] luckily there were no injuries to [those] on board, and no fire."

When you get a call, you never know what to expect, and this is the best outcome you could have," he added.

Johnson tells us the woman was training to be a pilot.

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