NEWTON, NC (FOX 46) - Two people have been transported to the hospital after they lost control of the helicopter they were operating, hit a house, and then crashed in a back yard near Newton.
The crash happened about 1:20 p.m. Thursday, April 27 on McKay Farm Road, according to Catawba County EMS.
Cell phone video taken by Lakea Cromwell shows neighbors rushing to help the injured pilot and passenger.
Emergency crews tell FOX 46 one person was flown to Charlotte with critical injuries and the other person was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities say the helicopter crew was surveying the area for a local gas company for a new gas line when the crash occurred.
Witnesses say they observed the helicopter swaying up and down before clipping a house.
The FAA is investigating the cause of this crash.