FORT RUCKER, AL - The U.S. Army says a helicopter training flight turned tragic this morning when one of three crewmembers died from injuries suffered when a TH-67 Creek helicopter made what the military called a "hard landing."
Army officials say 58-year-old Michael Lee, of Enterprise, died in the crash. He was an employee of Lear Siegler, a Fort Rucker contractor. The Army says the surviving crewmembers are being treated at a local hospital. Their medical conditions were not immediately available.
The Army aircraft was being used for pilot qualification training when it crashed. The chopper went down around 10:09am in a peanut field across from a community center and two schools.
According to the military, investigators from the Army Aviation Safety Center are trying to determine the cause of today's accident.