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Footage from fatal crash in California shows helicopter spinning wildly before catching fire

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Posted at 7:38 PM, Nov 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 21:38:27-05

WARNING: While the footage is not graphic, the video below contains scenes of a fatal crash that may be upsetting to some.  Viewer discretion is advised. 

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Two people are reportedly dead after a helicopter crash at an airport in California Wednesday, and video footage from the scene shows the aircraft spinning wildly on the ground before becoming engulfed in smoke.

FOX 5 in San Diego reports the helicopter appeared to make a normal landing before the rotors lost control and the aircraft began to spin. The aircraft ultimately caught on fire.

The crash occurred at McClellan-Palomar Airport, and FOX 5 reports both people inside the helicopter were killed in the crash.

The crash prompted a closure at the airport, and the cause is unclear at this time. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Visit FOX 5 for local coverage and updates on this developing story.