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Helicopter crash landing in Amarillo

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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Officials say a helicopter crash during a landing attempt at an airport in the Texas Panhandle has left the pilot slightly hurt.

A spokesman for Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport said Friday that the cause of the crash has not been determined.

Steven Picou says authorities do not believe weather was a factor. Forecasters say winds were gusting at nearly 30 mph at the time of the crash Thursday afternoon.

Both men on the Bell Jet Ranger walked away from the wreckage. Picou says the pilot suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for observation.

An Xcel Energy spokesman says the chopper was being used to scan utility transmission lines.

The operator, Chesapeake Bay Helicopters Inc. of Chesapeake, Va., did not immediately return a message Friday.