ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Transportation Safety Board has started its investigation into a helicopter crash in Newfoundland that injured two men.

Roy Bears, a regional senior investigator with the federal agency, said it's obvious from looking at the fuselage that the chopper slammed into the ground very hard.

The chopper crash-landed Thursday in a wooded area of St. John's, about 100 metres from one of the busiest roads in the province.

Bears said investigators planned to remove the wreckage on Saturday.

The two pilots aboard, who were training at the time, are in hospital with back injuries.

The aircraft, an AS-350, is owned by Universal Helicopters, a Newfoundland and Labrador company with a fleet of 18 choppers and 50 employees.

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