Retired Georgia Police Officer Among Victims of Alabama Helicopter Crash
CHILTON COUNTY, AL. – According to an online news report from abc3340.com, a retired police officer from Columbus, Georgia, was among the victims of a helicopter crash that occurred November 16 in Chilton County, Alabama.
David Hall, 53, was piloting the helicopter, which was part of a metro narcotics task force that included five agencies in the states of Georgia and Alabama. The helicopter was out on a routine maintenance flight from Columbus, Georgia, to Clanton, Alabama, and somehow crashed into Lake Mitchell in Chilton County. The cause of the crash is not yet known.
Divers were unable to recover the wreckage for two days, as strong currents made it impossible to access the lake’s deep waters. The helicopter was located 70 feet below the water’s surface. The water had to be slowed over a gradual process above two nearby dams. Hall and one additional person died in the crash. The second person has not been identified.
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said the following in a statement posted to social media: “It is with great sorrow that the Columbus, Georgia Consolidated Government and the Columbus Police Department (CPD) announce the death of retired officer David Hall. David Hall, who still served the city through his piloting skills, was lost in a helicopter crash in Chilton County, Alabama on Friday, November 16th. David was 53 years old at the time of his death, He started with the CPD in 1990 and served honorably for 28 years. David was a graduate of Jordan High School and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He was beloved and respected by his fellow officer and by all who knew him. He will be missed. David was traveling at the time of his death with a passenger, whose identity and information is being withheld at the request of his family. Our hearts go out to those who are suffering with this loss.”
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