Chopper crash victims identified

Updates pilot's employer from LSI Corp. to Lear Siegler Corp.

FORT RUCKER, AL (WSFA) - Fort Rucker officials released the names of both victims involved in Monday's deadly helicopter crash in Geneva County.

James Elliott, 55, a civilian instructor pilot employed with Lear Siegler Corp. died when the helicopter he was flying in crash landed.

A student pilot survived the crash. WO1 Forrest Pryde, who is assigned to Bravo Company, 1st, 145th Aviation Regiment, was taken to a local medical center with non-life threatening injuries.  Officials say he remains in stable condition.

Fort Rucker says the men were conducting Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training near Highbluff Stagefield when the TH-67 trainer helicopter went down in a soybean field.

Fort Rucker's Medivac unit "Flatiron" and emergency medial services (EMS) and local EMS and law enforcement agencies were dispatched immediately after another training aircraft alerted the control tower they had located the crash site.

"Fort Rucker officials are deeply saddened at the loss of Mr. Elliott. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family," the military installation said in a statement.

Fort Rucker chaplains have been made available for the families as well as unit personnel who may need support.

The incident remains under investigation by the Combat Readiness Center with more information being released as it becomes available.

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