DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — As of Tuesday, the student pilot involved in the crash on Monday has been released from the hospital and the instructor remains in the hospital in stable condition.
A Fort Rucker helicopter crash happened just after 2 p.m. on Monday. The two pilots, who were training, had to be life-flighted to a local hospital due to their injuries.
The extent of the injuries the pilots sustained as well as other details on the crash have not yet been released.
Fort Rucker says this is the third crash they have seen in two years. So it was pretty uncommon to see a helicopter crash like this one, as up to 300 helicopters can take off on any given day from Fort Rucker.
Investigators are currently looking into several factors of the crash. Fort Rucker tells WDHN that these Apache helicopters probably have technology similar to a black box, similar to what airplanes use, which records the flight and is also looking into how many hours of training the student and the instructor have put in.
On Tuesday, crews set up a perimeter around the area and are not letting people move anything at the crash site in the Marley Mill Community in Dale County.
This is to make sure that they find any equipment that may have flown off during the crash.
More information will become available from this incident but it is currently being looked at by the U.S. Army Safety Center.
This case is still under investigation and as soon as the investigation has concluded the helicopter will be loaded up and taken back to Fort Rucker.