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2 aboard helicopter that crashed near Tullahoma

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Posted at 6:48 PM, Feb 28, 2019

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (WTVF) — A helicopter crashed hurting the pilot and co-pilot this happened shortly after 3 p.m. today in a field near Tullahoma.

Emergency lights flashed along Cumberland springs road near Tullahoma as law enforcement began to piece together how a helicopter came crashing down.

“The tail section appears to be broken up in a tree, the main part of the aircraft is somewhat upside down,” said Metro Moore County Sheriff Tyler Hatfield.

It was around 3:15 Thursday evening when a call came into Coffee County dispatch that a Sikorsky HH60 helicopter went down.

Emergency response officials say the sounds of the crash could be heard throughout parts of Moore and Coffee Counties while first responders raced to the scene.

The helicopter crashed in a Moore County field five miles south of Tullahoma, inside were two injured pilots.

“Both were awake and talking in quite a bit of pain,” said Hatfield.

One pilot managed to call 9-1-1and both were able to crawl out of the privately-owned aircraft.

But one pilot had to be Vanderbilt Life Flight to the hospital with neck and back injuries. While other was transported by EMS to a hospital for evaluation.

At this point, it's not clear why the pilots were flying in the area.

The crash will now be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause.