“Hard Landing”

“Hard Landing.” Yeah, right.

A U.S. Army helicopter made what the military called a “hard landing” Thursday morning south of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, injuring two pilots.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, but it is believed to be mechanical in nature and not the result of hostile fire, according to the military.

The pilots of the OH-58 Kiowa copter were evacuated to a military treatment facility in Kirkuk, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

In the past few months U.S. helicopters have crashed or made hard landings eight times. Most have been blamed on hostile fire.