2 Slightly injured after copter crashes in Arizona

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Two people are slightly injured after a rented helicopter tipped over on its left side while landing in northern Arizona.
Coconino County Sheriff's officials say the helicopter was about 20 feet off the ground when it went down off Forest Service Road 171 some 12 miles northwest of Flagstaff about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Deputies say a sudden gust of wind may have caused the pilot to lose control.

Sheriff's officials say two passengers complained of shoulder pain and were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center.

A third passenger escaped injury and the pilot suffered minor injuries and wasn't taken to a hospital.

Authorities say the helicopter was transporting the passengers to a shooting event at a private Flagstaff-area ranch. The Robinson R44 helicopter had taken off from Mesa's Falcon Field.