Army Helicopter Crash Lands Two in Hospital

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

It’s always a pilot’s worst nightmare: to crash. However, two pilots, one a beginner and the other a professional found themselves in that situation as their Army chopper spun out of control.

Neighbors wouldn't talk with News 4 on camera, but say they saw a Fort Rucker Army helicopter spiraling out of control until it stopped.

The crash on High Bluff Field in Geneva County resulted in the choppers tail boom being ripped off and the choppers two occupants getting air-lifted to area hospitals.

"A TH-67, which is one of the training helicopters for Fort Rucker crashed on High Bluff, which is near Hartford," confirmed Lisa Eichorn with Fort Rucker's Public Information Office.

The TH-67 is the first helicopter a pilot in training will fly after undergoing simulated training.

Officials aren't releasing the names of either victim, but say they are lucky to be alive as they escaped with only minor injuries.

Fort Rucker officials will take another look at how they train their beginner pilots.

"Fort Rucker takes aviation very, very seriously. And every accident is looked at, to find out exactly what happened so we can learn from it and see if it could have been prevented. Then we'll do everything we can to do that. This particular helicopter is a mainstay at Fort Rucker. It's what every pilot goes through to learn how to fly and we're going to go back in our safety books, take a look at what happened and put those things in place to make sure it never happens again," added Eichorn.

And, as for the neighbors, they have an adjoining garden next to High Bluff Stage. They say usually, they'd be taking care of their greenery and decided not to.

This is the second crash this year for Fort Rucker pilots.

The first happened in March when a Black-Hawk went down over Opp.

Last year, four soldiers on a training flight from Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah Georgia to Ft. Rucker died when their Chinook crashed into a television tower in Georgia.

Investigators later determined that pilot error contributed to the fatal accident

In 2005, an AH-64 D Apache crashed over Hooper Stage Field in Ozark. All the pilots in that crash escaped unharmed.

And, days before that crash, Enterprise Pilot Michael Lee died in a TH-67 flight that went down near a recreation center in Eufaula.


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  • by Jerald Location: Dothan on Apr 29, 2011 at 11:07 PM
    Why are comments from an article posted in 2007 being used as part of an incident in 2011? No one at WTVY seems to be interested in anything but the Friday paycheck, yet you might think that paycheck is in dire jeopardy from the qualities shown by the staff.
  • by CONCERNED INDIVIDUAL Location: DALE COUNTY on Apr 29, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    ERIC BAKER, YOU BETTER BE GLAD THAT OUR PILOTS (US)ARE FLYING OVER YOUR HOUSE, NOT THE RUSSIANS, CHINESE, OR THE NORTH KOREANS. ALSO THESE PILOTS ARE PROTECTING OUR FREEDON AND OUR WAY OF LIFE, AINT YOU GLAD THAT YOU HAVE A JOB? BE GLAD THAT THEY ARE FLYING TO GIVE YOU THAT RIGHT. WHEN YOU HEAR THOSE NOISE ROTORS, "JUST THINK OF FREEDOM"
  • by Michelle Location: Gainesville, GA on Jun 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    I am a mother of a soldier. If it wasn't for these young people training where would your freedoms be??? Things happen not only in Alabama. Plane crashed in the river with cilvilians on it and no one says a thing. Before anyone bashes our soldiers or the training, ask the question do I want to be the one fighting for our rights. FREEDOM comes with a high price. Our soldiers life.
  • by Liz Location: Enterprise on Jun 23, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    ROGER-AMEN to that! I can't wait to get back to an actual city. I would move back to Mexico City in a heartbeat over living here another year.
  • by Brittney Location: Ft Rucker on Jun 22, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to these pilots and their families. There are other posts on the web that say one man did actually die in the crash. We should all know more in a few days. This is the 5th crash since 2005 and never have they hit your house. Get over yourself Baker. What has happened here is a very uncommon tragedy and yet all you can think about is yourself. Grow a heart man!
  • by Joe Location: Enterprise on Jun 22, 2009 at 05:25 PM
    I am one of those pilots who used to fly over this area. If you have problems with that (BAKER), then move..... Students get to fly all over, not just the stagefields. But,....shit happens and its a shame that people are more concerned with things that have a .0001 percent chance of happening than they are with the tragedy at hand
  • by krystian Location: enterprise on Nov 13, 2008 at 09:06 AM
    There are people living on Ft. rucker as well, and I am willing to bet Ft.Rucker is more densely populated then 123 just south of 84. The student pilots generally only get to fly in the traffic patterns around the stage fields so as long as you don't live under that it is mostly instructors doing the flying over your house. Helicopters are safer than automobiles statistically speaking so rest easy.
  • by Ann Location: Ala on Jul 24, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    Pilot training has been going on here longer than you have lived here, im sure. My advice to you is to move if you dont like it.
  • by Roger Location: Felterhan on Jul 18, 2007 at 07:46 PM
    If it wasn't for these pilots the local economy would be bust. Of course I bet most of them wouldn't mind training somewhere more developed than a third world nation.
  • by eric Baker Location: slocomb,alabama on Jul 17, 2007 at 10:17 AM
    we hear the choppers 24 hrs. going over our home and all i think is i will get home at 530am after working all night and find my wife and 4 year old son injured or killed from one going down into our home on n. state hwy 123 just south of hwy 84 in geneva co. they need to train the amature pilots over ft. rucker not were poeple live it gives me anxity to think about it every day living here.
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