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  • A helicopter crashed at Perth Airport in Scotland at around 10.25am today
  • Photo shows badly damaged craft near Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance base
  • A man has been taken to hospital with a leg injury after the 'ground incident'

By Dianne Apen-sadler For Mailonline

Published: 07:11 EDT, 13 March 2018 | Updated: 08:18 EDT, 13 March 2018

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One man has been injured after a training helicopter was involved in a ground incident at Perth Airport this morning.

The privately owned helicopter, which was undergoing tests, was left a 'mangled mess' after the incident at around 10.25am.  

A photograph of the helicopter shows the badly damaged craft near Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) base. 

Connor Wojtowicz, who live nears the airport, told the Courier: 'I was sitting in my room which is 150ft from where the helicopter came down.

'I heard it take off and it didn't sound right at all – then there was a bang.' 

One man has been injured after a helicopter crashed at Perth Airport this morning at around 10.25am
One man has been injured after a helicopter crashed at Perth Airport this morning at around 10.25am

One man has been injured after a helicopter crashed at Perth Airport this morning at around 10.25am

Connor Wojtowicz said: 'I heard it take off and it didn't sound right at all ¿ then there was a bang'
Connor Wojtowicz said: 'I heard it take off and it didn't sound right at all ¿ then there was a bang'

Connor Wojtowicz said: 'I heard it take off and it didn't sound right at all – then there was a bang'

Mr Wojtowicz also told the Sun: 'The rear tail was completely crumpled and it was leaking fuel.

'Before my brother and I even got out of the house, people were already out with fire extinguishers.'

The aircraft was not in the air at the time of the crash.  

The fire engine from the airfield is already on the scene to deal with spilt fuel.

Perth Airport is located three and a half miles from the city of Perth. It is primarily used for private and business aircraft and pilots are often trained here
Perth Airport is located three and a half miles from the city of Perth. It is primarily used for private and business aircraft and pilots are often trained here

Perth Airport is located three and a half miles from the city of Perth. It is primarily used for private and business aircraft and pilots are often trained here

ACS Aviation, Perth Airport's operator, tweeted: 'We are aware of a ground incident at Perth Airport today involving a privately owned helicopter that was undergoing maintenance. 

'One person has been injured, and is currently being treated in hospital for a leg injury. We are supporting all involved.' 

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: 'There is one male casualty with a leg injury.' 

He has since been taken to hospital after being helped by members from the SCAA team. It is believed the pilot broke his leg in the crash. 

The helicopter is believed to be used for training purposes.  

Perth Airport is primarily used for private and business aircraft and pilots are often trained here.

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One witness described the helicopter as a 'mangled mess' after the crash (pictured: file photo of Perth Airport)
One witness described the helicopter as a 'mangled mess' after the crash (pictured: file photo of Perth Airport)

One witness described the helicopter as a 'mangled mess' after the crash (pictured: file photo of Perth Airport)

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