DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — WDHN has received an update on the condition of the two pilots involved in Monday afternoon’s helicopter crash.

The student pilot was released from a local hospital earlier on Tuesday, according to a Fort Rucker official. The instructor pilot remains in the hospital but is in stable condition.

The injuries the pilots sustained as well as other details on the crash have not yet been released.

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DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — A helicopter crash in Dale County has left two people injured.

Fort Rucker confirms that there has been a crash involving one of their helicopters, an AH-64 Apache helicopter. Officials are en route to the location.

According to Dale County officials, the crash happened just before 2 p.m. on Monday in the Marley Mill community on Dale County Road 108. That road intersects with West County Road 36.

Both occupants of the helicopter were life-flighted to a local hospital. They are expected to survive their injuries.

“Two crewmen were on the helicopter, no fatal injuries, they have been evacuated to an area hospital,” Fort Rucker’s Director of Public Affairs, Jimmie Cummings tells WDHN.

At this time the U.S Army Safety Center is investigating how the crash happened.

“The U.S. Army Safety Center is taking control of the site and they will be doing their investigation,” Cummings said. “As you have seen there is actual damage to the helicopter. There is an ongoing investigation.”

Investigators will be looking into factors such as how much training the aviator had and when the last
time the helicopter was maintained.

The jaws of life were not used, despite some reports saying otherwise.

Photo of the downed helicopter (Photo courtesy of Rickey Stokes)

Dale County Sheriff’s Office, Dale County Fire, the Ozark Police Department, Ozark EMS, and Alabama State Troopers responded to the scene.

“They did an excellent job,” Cummings said. As you can see in front of us being part of the team to help us with this situation.”

So far investigators have not indicated any possible cause and say it could take a couple of days for them to determine what caused the helicopter to crash.

WDHN was told the crash really happened at the perfect location, avoiding two trailer homes that were just feet from where the chopper landed and avoiding direct impact to the street which could have made the situation much worse.

This is still an active scene. Stay with WDHN News for updates.