Pilot Unhurt as Homemade Copter Crashes

A homemade helicopter--hovering just a few feet above the ground at Corona Municipal Airport--crashed and burned on Sunday, but the pilot was uninjured.

William Safranek, 42, of San Bernardino County was flying at an altitude of five or six feet when a spinning blade hit the ground, causing the aircraft to crash, according to Corona Police Lt. Roy VanderKallen.

Safranek jumped from the helicopter as it crashed.

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