SAN JOSE — A police helicopter on a maintenance flight crashed in the middle of a city street Monday, killing both people on board.
The pilot had not indicated any problems before the 3:45 p.m. crash, said San Jose police spokesman Rubens Dalaison.
The first word of trouble came from 911 calls phoned in by people near the crash site, about 2 miles west of San Jose's airport and three blocks from Interstate 880.
Killed were the pilot, who was a San Jose police officer, and a mechanic who worked for a maintenance company, Aris Helicopters Ltd., Dalaison said. He did not release their names.
Patricia Martinez, a receptionist at Alliance for Community Care, said she heard the troubled helicopter and raced outside in time to see the chopper heading for the street in a nose dive. Smoke appeared to be coming from the rear of the craft, she said.