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Rescuers escape injury as helicopter hits tree

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DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — An Air Force helicopter helping in the search for two passengers of a crashed airplane made an emergency landing early Thursday, but none of the six crew members and two medical personnel onboard was injured, officials said.

The helicopter's main rotor struck a tree as it either was landing or departing from a mountain location, said spokesman Steve Milligan. The helicopter made a hard landing and was grounded.

The helicopter apparently was close to the site of the accident that prompted the search but it was unclear whether the rescuers had reached the two passengers who were aboard the single-engine plane that crashed in a remote, mountainous area in the southwest corner of Colorado.