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Helicopter crashes in field in Oxnard; pilot escapes

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Firefighters extinguish a grass fire that started after a helicopter crashed in a field in Oxnard on Saturday.
(Ventura County Fire Department)

A helicopter crashed in a field in Oxnard on Saturday morning and ignited a small grass fire, but the pilot managed to escape with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

The crash was reported about 9:40 a.m. in a field near the intersection of Gonzales Road and Victoria Avenue, according to the Oxnard Fire Department.

The pilot managed to extricate himself from the wreckage and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, authorities said.

Firefighters extinguished a half-acre grass fire started by the crash. Ventura County firefighters also assisted.

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Oxnard Fire Department Battalion Chief Sergio Martinez told KTLA-TV that the helicopter appeared to be part of a local crop-dusting operation.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.

carlos.lozano@latimes.com


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