WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter made a "hard landing" at a remote site northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan, injuring the two crew members, according to U.S. Central Command. Both crew members were medically evacuated and their injuries are not life threatening, according to Central Command.
The crash landing was not the result of hostile fire. The cause is under investigation.
Helicopters have a difficult time landing in Afghanistan. As they get close to the ground they kick up vast amounts of dust, obscuring the pilot's view of the ground. If the pilot is making a visual rather than instrument-guided landing, it can result in a violent set-down.