Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco aircrew receives minor injuries after crash during test flight

SAN FRANCISCO -- A Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter departs Air Station San Francisco, Aug. 2, 2012. The aircrew will be conducting training to maintain proficiency ensuring they are ready to conduct Coast Guard missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena.

Air Station San Francisco MH-65 file photo U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena.

SAN FRANCISCO — A Coast Guard aircrew exited an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter with only minor injuries after the helicopter crashed during a maintenance test flight at Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Monday.

At 2:55 p.m., while hovering approximately 10 feet from the ground, the helicopter experienced an apparent malfunction as the pilot attempted to land. The aircraft ended up on its side.

An investigation will be conducted to determine the exact cause of the incident.

Search-and-rescue helicopter coverage in the area is being temporarily provided by Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay and Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles.

Four helicopters and approximately 95 personnel are based at Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, located at San Francisco International Airport. They provide search-and-rescue, law enforcement, port security and other emergency services in the region.

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