Man killed in Rucker helicopter crash identified
James Elliott, 55, was a civilian instructor pilot employed with LSI Corporation. He died with the training helicopter crashed nead Highbluff stagefield in Geneva County at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday.
WO1 Forrest Pryde received non-life threatening injuries and was medivaced to a local medical center where he remains in stable condition. The student pilot is assigned to Bravo Company, 1st, 145th Aviation Regiment.
The two were conducting Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training in the vicinity of Highbluff Stagefield when the crash occurred.
Fort Rucker's Flatiron medevac unit and emergency medial services, as well as and local EMS and law enforcement agencies were dispatched immediately after another training aircraft alerted the control tower they had located the crash site.
Elliott was pronounced dead on the scene by the Geneva County Coroner.
Officials have visited with Pryde today and will continue to monitor his condition. Fort Rucker chaplains have been made available for the families as well as unit personnel who may need support during this difficult time.
The incident remains under investigation by the Combat Readiness Center.