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Helicopter Crashes In Griffith Park

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FourFive people were injured when a helicopter crashed in Griffith Park Thursday afternoon.The call that a helicopter had crashed came in around 2:17 pm this afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

ThreeFour people on the helicopter escaped with minor injuries but a park ranger was hurt badly enough in the crash that he was being airlifted to a hospital for medical treatment. It's not clear from initial news reports whether the park ranger was on board or how he was injured. (Eds. note: see update below)

The small, private helicopter went down at 2800 East Observatory Road, which is near the Roosevelt Golf Course, according to CBS Los Angeles. Fuel was spotted leaking from the aircraft after the crash.

News footage showed the helicopter had landed on its side.

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UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: There was a pilot and three passengers (a 33-year-old woman, 25-year-old woman and 25-year-old male) aboard the helicopter that all escaped with minor injuries, according to LAFD. The 50-year-old Park Ranger on site was actually transported to the hospital because of heat exhaustion, and his condition was considered serious.