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Helicopter crash kills two at Carlsbad airport

Helicopter crash kills two at Carlsbad airport

Two people were killed Wednesday afternoon when a helicopter crashed while attempting a landing at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, fire officials said.

The two victims were the only occupants aboard the private helicopter, authorities said.

The county medical examiner identified the two as Wayne Lewis, 60, of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Bruce Erickson, 65, of Rancho Santa Fe.

Erickson was the pilot and was practicing landing when the tail rotor hit the ground and the helicopter spun out of control before being enveloped by smoke and flames, according to the medical examiner.

No structures or other aircraft were involved in the crash, which occurred on the...