Sacramento helicopter crash tied to possible theft attempt

Police are investigating a helicopter crash that they say happened after a failed theft attempt overnight at the Sacramento Executive Airport.

Officers were called to the airport on reports of multiple attempts to break in to helicopters between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sacramento police said. Upon arrival, officers saw a helicopter that had sustained "major damage," but no injuries were reported.

"Nobody is in custody at this time," police said. "This investigation is in its early stages, and this information is preliminary as detectives work to learn exactly what occurred."

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A crashed helicopter at Sacramento Executive Airport on Wednesday.KCRA

A photographer for NBC affiliate KCRA of Sacramento described the helicopter as "totaled" after observing it on its side, the station reported. He said debris littered the tarmac for several yards, and it appeared that the rotors were smashed.

The helicopter belongs to Capitol Helicopters, a private company that provides charter services as well as government services such as firefighting, according to KCRA.


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