Little Rock Officer Hurt After Wind Knocks Over Police Helicopter

Aug 16, 2018

The damaged Little Rock Police Department helicopter after Thursday's accident.
Credit Little Rock Police Department

Authorities say one person was hurt when a powerful wind toppled a Little Rock Police Department helicopter during a test run.

Little Rock Police Lt. Michael Ford tells TV station KATV that a pilot was conducting the test run Thursday after a new battery was installed in the helicopter.

Ford says a straight-line wind tipped the helicopter off a staging area it was sitting on, then the aircraft went into a malfunction and started spinning on the ground.

Ford says one officer suffered a serious head injury but was able to talk to emergency crews as they arrived.

The incident happened on the south side of the city near Interstate 530.