DOUGLAS COUNTY – Two soldiers were injured after a Blackhawk helicopter from Fort Carson went down Wednesday afternoon in a remote part of Douglas County.
Initial reports indicate there were four soldiers aboard the aircraft, which made a "hard landing" 3.7 miles north of the El Paso County border near Rampart Range Road in a heavily wooded area southwest of Larkspur and five miles south of Devil's Head with no road access, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. They first received a call about the incident at around 4 p.m.
The pilot told authorities the chopper went down between Centennial Airport and the mountain training base. Fort Carson says the helicopter was taking part in a "routine training mission" on U.S. Forest Service land.
Sky9 video showed extensive damage to the helicopter, which apparently crashed into trees as it went down.
Fort Carson says Douglas County Emergency Services had reached the site of the crash. An update on the soldiers' conditions may be released later Wednesday.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Initial reports indicated the helicopter had landed in Elbert County, prompting a response from the Elbert County Sheriff's Office, Elbert Fire and Elizabeth Fire. Authorities later learned this wasn't the case.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – Fort Carson says a Black Hawk helicopter had a hard landing in a forest in Douglas County, but it’s unknown whether there are any injuries.
Fort Carson spokeswoman Danny Johnson described the incident Wednesday afternoon as a hard landing but did not have any more information. She said more details are forthcoming.
Copter4 flew over the wreckage in a heavily wooded area five miles west of Perry Park near Devil’s Head.
Firefighters in Elizabeth and Elbert County initially responded to a downed helicopter on Wednesday afternoon but then discovered the incident happened in Douglas County.
The firefighters were responding to the crash in the Elbert Fire District but then pulled back after learning it was not in their jurisdiction.
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COLORADO SPRINGS - Fort Carson confirmed Wednesday afternoon that one of its helicopters made a "hard landing."
Right now crews are responding to what's being described as a "downed aircraft" in Douglas County.
The first reports came in at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon that a helicopter had crashed in Elbert County.
The Elizabeth Fire Department reported the incident was happening in Douglas County.
Initially there was confusion as to where the chopper went down.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported the chopper's pilot called to say he was down in a wooded area between Centennial Airport and a training base.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said the crash site is in a very remote area with no road access.
A medical helicopter is on scene, however there is no word about the severity of injuries.
The Denver Post reports 3 of the 4 people on board suffered injuries.
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