Police Pilot Killed In Helicopter Crash
Sheriff: CoPilot Possibly Picked Up In Auburn
A pilot for the Columbus Police Department is feared dead after a helicopter crash.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said a co pilot may have been picked up in Auburn and was on board the Police helicopter when it crashed in a rural Alabama this afternoon.
Special sonar equipment will be brought to the crash site in an effort to locate the wreckage according to Sheriff Taylor.
At 12:30 Friday the Metro Narcotics Task Force helicopter was flying to Clanton, Alabama for routine maintenance and repair when the pilot possibly hit
a power line that stretched across the Coosa river between Coosa and Chilton Counties.
A dive team responded to the scene but did not reach the helicopter.
The helicopter is still submerged and multiple law enforcement agencies have since responded to the scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board will launch it’s own investigation into the crash.
The Metro Narcotics Task Force was created by the late Sheriff Gene Hodge and is comprised of law enforcement from both sides of the river including the Phenix City Police Department, and the Sheriff’s Departments from Russell , Harris and Muscogee Counties.
The pilot on board was assigned to Metro and employed by the Columbus Police Department.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor, Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley and Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren are on the scene.