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Helicopter Makes Hard Landing In Colusa

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Technicians examine the scene of a hard landing that left a helicopter pilot with minor injuries on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.

Technicians examine the scene of a hard landing that left a helicopter pilot with minor injuries on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.

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COLUSA (CBS13) — A helicopter landing was taken to the hospital for minor injuries after setting down hard in a field near an airport Thursday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Hughes helicopter made a controlled but damaging landing near the Colusa County Airport at about 2:40 p.m. after suffering an undetermined mechanical problem.

The pilot walked away from the crash but was transported to the hospital with back pain.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.

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