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Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing on Encinitas Beach

The pilot of a civilian helicopter made a noninjury  crash landing near Swami's Beach in Encinitas today after the aircraft  developed mechanical problems, a lifeguard official said.

The tail of the Robinson R22 broke off during the emergency landing,  which was reported at 8:05 a.m., said Encinitas lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles.

The helicopter, which was carrying two flight instructors, took off from  Palomar Airport this morning, Giles said. Its destination was not immediately  reported.

The helicopter landed about five feet away from the water line, a news  helicopter video showed.

The helicopter's occupants remained at the scene, along and emergency  responders, awaiting the arrival of Federal Aviation Administration  investigators, Giles said.

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