Helicopter pilots injured in hard landing

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Fort Carson released a statement today saying an AH-64D Apache Longbow from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y., made a hard landing south of Pikes Peak at about 1:30 a.m.

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"Both pilots sustained non life-threatening injuries and have been evacuated to Memorial Hospital," the press release said. "The aircraft was conducting high altitude mountain environment training in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan."

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The 10th CAB started the training at Fort Carson's Butts Army Airfield earlier this month. The purpose was to train pilots how to operate their aircraft in the unique wind patterns and conditions presented by mountainous terrain, an earlier press release said. The instruction will include maneuvering in and around mountains, performing approaches and landings and takeoffs from mountain terrain.

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