“Rogue winds” behind Little Rock Police helicopter crash
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - A police investigation finds “Rogue” wind the cause of a helicopter crash in August, not pilot error.
The Little Rock Police Department observation helicopter was idling on a flatbed trailer at a training center, blades spinning, when it was hit by a "rogue burst of strong wind" and began to hover.
It eventually crashed to the ground.
One witness told investigators that the conditions created a “perfect storm” was the beyond the pilot’s control.
According to police files, the crash knocked the pilot unconscious and reportedly could not remember what happened weeks later.
But following a police investigation that included several witness accounts, it was determined that wind was behind the crash.
A police spokesman did say today that the department had no plans to acquire a replacement helicopter.
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