Pilot undergoes surgery following Phoenix helicopter crash

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A helicopter crashed near 19th Street and Roma Avenue in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas A helicopter crashed near 19th Street and Roma Avenue in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas
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A helicopter crashed near 19th Street and Roma Avenue in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas A helicopter crashed near 19th Street and Roma Avenue in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas
A helicopter crashed near 19th Street and Roma Avenue in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas A helicopter crashed near 19th Street and Roma Avenue in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas
A helicopter crashed near 19th Street and Roma Avenue in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas A helicopter crashed near 19th Street and Roma Avenue in Phoenix. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The pilot of the helicopter that crashed into a Phoenix home on Wednesday has undergone surgery. 

Sascha Janssen remains in the hospital after suffering multiple fractures to an arm, broken ribs, and an injured sternum.

Janssen’s passenger, aerial photographer Mike Brown, was released from the hospital on Thursday with no broken bones.

Janssen’s helicopter crashed between two houses just before noon on Wednesday, hitting both roofs. No one was present at either of the homes.

Two employees with the City of Phoenix Water Services Department and a resident were in the area when the helicopter began sputtering. They rushed to the scene of the crash to retrieve Janssen and Brown from the aircraft.

Neighbor Charlie Vo lives across the street and said he feels fortunate his family wasn’t harmed.

“Feeling blessed today. I feel very lucky,” Vo remarked.

Local resident Kathleen Hinkle said it’s fortunate that the crash didn’t do more damage.

“So many things were a blessing," Hinkle said. "The lady that lived in the house had just left the house.”

The two-seat helicopter involved in the crash is a Hughes 269C. It’s registered to Canyon State Aero, a flight training school based at Falcon Field.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the accident.