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Monday, June 22, 2009

Training flight from Rucker crashes

A routine training flight went awry Monday and a TH-67 helicopter went down in a peanut filed near Highfalls Stage Field in Geneva County.

The training helicopter had a civilian instructor pilot and a military student pilot on board, said For Rucker spokeswoman Lisa Eichhorn.

Fort Rucker officials were notified around 3:30 p.m. Monday that the helicopter was down and the Flatiron medevac from the Army post was immediately sent to the scene.

On-site personnel reported one injured crewmember, which was transported to a local medical facility with non-life-threatening injuries. The other crewmember was pronounced dead on the scene by first responders.

The crewmembers will be identified after next of kin notification, which is Department of Defense protocol.

"This is a lost to Ft. Rucker,” Eichhorn said. “We lost one of our own today."

The Ft. Rucker Combat Readiness Center investigates crashes and accidents for the Army and will investigate this crash.

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In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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