Fort Carson crash injures two

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FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) – Military officials say a small plane crashed at Fort Carson’s Butts Army Airfield, injuring the two crew members aboard.

Fort Carson spokeswoman Dani Johnson says the crewmembers were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon. She says the plane – a DA20 – had been contracted by the U.S. Air Force for a training mission out of Pueblo.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1e96OEL ) the crewmembers, who are listed in good condition at a nearby hospital, were participating in the Air Force’s initial flight screening program when their plane crashed. The training program is the first step in a long process of earning an Air Force pilot’s wings.

The newspaper reports Doss Aviation of Colorado Springs runs the program under a 10-year, $200 million contract.

The National Transportation Safety Board will help investigate the crash.

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