1 dead in helicopter fire at airport

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CORONA, Calif. (AP) – A pilot is dead after his helicopter exploded in flames at a Southern California airport refueling area. The Sunday night explosion at Corona Municipal Airport hurled shrapnel that punctured the side of a hangar at the Riverside County airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the four-seat Robinson R-44 helicopter’s rotor blades apparently hit the structure over the fuel pumps.

The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was killed. The name of the pilot hasn’t been released.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator was on the scene early Monday. The coroner’s office says the name of the pilot is being withheld.

A Corona police dispatcher says the fire was reported at 11:08 p.m. Sunday and there are no other details.

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