HARTFORD, AL (WSFA) - Authorities say it was about 3:30pm when the call came through that a TH-67 training helicopter crashed in a soybean field in Geneva County.
It happened off County Roads 34 and 41 just north of Hartford.
"We notified our emergency personnel. [Our] helicopter was in route," says Fort Rucker Public Affairs Officer, Lisa Eichhorn.
Fort Rucker officials say it didn't take long to get to the site where the orange and white training helicopter, carrying an instructor and a student, crashed.
They say one pilot was dead at the scene. The other was immediately flown to a nearby medical center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities will not confirm which person was killed. But they say landing in a remote location is not uncommon.
"Everyday there are calls where...just an engine light goes on, or once in a while a student will get nauseous in a helicopter, so it's not unusual for them to land in a field," says Eichhorn.
But the tragic ending was unusual. And it's one many say is hard to see.
"We launch a lot of helicopters everyday, and we should never take for granted the safety aspect and the fact that it's inherently dangerous what these guys and gals get in the helicopter to do everyday," Eichhorn adds.
Fort Rucker officials say they aren't releasing any names or information regarding the cause of the crash until at least 24 hours after friends and family are notified.
The Army's Combat Readiness Center is launching an investigation into today's incident.