Helicopter with two on-board forced to make emergency landing in field

POSTED: 5:37 PM Dec 07 2012   UPDATED: 10:21 PM Dec 07 2012
ABILENE, Texas -

A helicopter flying lesson went horribly wrong Friday afternoon in Abilene.

Authorities tell us an instructor and student flying in the helicopter had mechanical problems and were forced to make an emergency landing in a field.

Robert Welch, 50, of Abilene was named as the instructor. Neil Overton, 41, of Throckmorton was identified as the student.

They landed four miles south of I-20 along Elmdale Road around 3:40 Friday afternoon.

The two men on board were not hurt. 

The helicopter is owned by the student.