(Reuters) - A helicopter crashed on rail tracks near Baltimore/Washington International Airport on Saturday afternoon, sparking a brush fire and delaying Amtrak train service along a major passenger route, officials said.
The crash, which injured three on board, resulted in delays to Amtrak service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., according to the railroad's statements and social media posts.
The helicopter was flying at low altitude around a power line when it crashed on train tracks a mile north of the Maryland airport, near Amtrak's BWI Station, the Federal Aviation Administration and Anne Arundel County police said.
The helicopter, operated by a private contractor conducting a land survey for a local electric company, was destroyed in the crash, according to Ariel Jackson, a lieutenant at the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
Three people on board were transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Jackson said. No one else was hurt, according to the FAA and police.
The crash, which was off airport property, did not affect airline operations, BWI spokeswoman Whitney Kidd said.
Lieutenant Ryan Frashure, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, said firefighters were on the scene of the crash, which was reported just before 1 p.m.
Amtrak said on Twitter that it could not estimate the length of any service delays until officials finished an investigation.
The location of the crash was on a major passenger-train corridor linking Washington and other U.S. Northeast cities.
A Maryland State Police representative declined to comment immediately on the crash.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinkskis in Los Angeles and Frank McGurty in New York; Writing by Letitia Stein; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and G Crosse)