A pilot was lucky to escape with only a grazed thumb when a helicopter that had been ferrying people to the races crashed on take off in Melbourne.
Paramedics were called to the Collingwood training ground just after 6.30pm (AEDT) on Saturday to find a helicopter on its side and wreckage strewn over the oval.
Advanced life support paramedic Jason Pitman said the helicopter crashed on take off and the female pilot managed to crawl from the wreckage.
"She braced herself and rode out the crash, then shut down the helicopter and crawled out of the wreckage to be met by other pilots on the edge of the oval," he said.
The woman was treated for a grazed thumb and taken to the Alfred Hospital in a stable condition.
"Clearly she was distressed about what happened, but was also concerned for the welfare of other people in the area," Mr Pitman said.
The woman was the sole passenger and no one else was injured.
Fire crews were called in to manage fuel spilling from the aircraft.The helicopter had been ferrying people to and from the Derby Day races at Flemington, police said.