LINDENHURST - A student and an instructor were able to walk away unscathed after crashing a helicopter on a Lindenhurst street Wednesday.
The Robinson R22 chopper ended up on its side at the intersection of Buena Vista Boulevard and East Alhambra Avenue.
Officials say a mayday call to the control tower came in just before noon. Suffolk police say the pilot was 26-year-old Joseph Lombardo. His passenger was identified as 27-year-old Ming Chen, who was taking his first flying lesson.
Lombardo was on his way back to Republic Airport from a practice area off the South Shore when officials say he experienced a power failure.
The only casualty of the crash was a street sign that was ripped from its post. Michael Canders, a flight instructor and pilot for more than 30 years, says it's particularly impressive that Lombardo found a spot to land among the lingering snow.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.