Georgia law enforcement helicopter crashes in Alabama river

Courtesy of ABC 33/40

Authorities say a law enforcement helicopter from Georgia has crashed into an Alabama river.

Posted: Nov 16, 2018 5:10 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2018 8:25 PM

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say divers have recovered the fuselage of a Georgia law enforcement helicopter that crashed into a river in Alabama, but they have spotted no signs of survivors.

The Chilton County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page that dives were suspended Friday night due to limited visibility.

Georgia and Alabama authorities confirmed the crash involved a Metro Narcotics Task Force helicopter out of Columbus, Georgia. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson told The Ledger-Enquirer the task force includes Columbus and Phenix City police, and sheriffs' offices in Russell, Harris and Muscogee counties

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Bell OH-58 helicopter crashed around 1:15 p.m. It was unclear if anyone other than the pilot was aboard.

A Russell County Sheriff's Office statement said the helicopter was headed to Clanton for maintenance.

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