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NTSB investigates Newton helicopter crash as crews clean up

Updated: Apr. 28, 2017 at 5:10 PM EDT
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NEWTON, NC (WBTV) - It has been a full day after a helicopter crashed on his yard, but no amount of time will be enough before Nino Gonzalez forgets the sound it made when it happened.

"Sounded kind of like slow motion, like a 'thwock, thwock,' kind of noise, and I felt the shudder as it hit the ground," Gonzalez said.

He was inside his home at the time of the crash, but the helicopter only clipped his roof. He was not hurt. The pilot and passenger inside the helicopter suffered minor injuries.

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On Friday, crews cleaned up the wreckage, hauling what remained of the helicopter away.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are now examining the wreckage to determine the cause of the crash.

Officials with Chesapeake Bay Helicopters told WBTV they are working with the NTSB as they continue their investigation.

"The NTSB was called, and they've been doing their investigation. We are fully cooperating and working with them as they request it and need it," said Kristen McDaniel, a spokesperson for the company.

Officials with the NTSB have not yet released a cause for the crash.

In the meantime, McDaniel said one person in the helicopter has already been released from the hospital, while the other is set to be released at some point Friday.

"Our first priority and our first concern was that they were both okay," McDaniel said.

Gonzalez said he wants to personally thank the pilot for being to somehow avoid hitting the majority of his house, other homes in the neighborhood, and power lines. He said this could have had a tragic ending.

"It could have been a lot worse," Gonzalez said.

Officials have not yet released the names of the two who were in the helicopter.

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