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LINDEN, N.J. — Enrique Zapata heard the frightening sounds of a Bell B206 helicopter crash landing at Linden Airport Saturday afternoon.

The pilot and a passenger "were trapped upside down. I broke the glass of the window to pull one out, he came through relatively easy the other one was trapped," Zapata exclusively told PIX11.

"I lifted the helicopter enough to pull the leg out.”

The FAA confirmed the chopper tipped over during landing and is investigating the cause. One victim's leg was broken in the incident; the other victim was treated for scrapes and bruises, aviation sources said.

Linden Police and the Union County hazardous-material team inspected the helicopter on the runway.

Its tail and rotors were completely totaled.

“Everything broke in a million pieces, it was just amazing. I don’t think he was that high for that kind of damage to happen," Zapata said.

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