November 3, 2012, Atlanta, Ga. Hughes OH-6A


The helicopter was substantially damaged at about 2245 Eastern time following a collision with power lines and terrain while maneuvering. The commercial pilot and a pilot-rated police officer were fatally injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the Atlanta Police Department as a public-use flight. Night visual conditions prevailed.

The helicopter collided with wires at the top of a 42-foot-high power pole. A post-crash fire ensued, and the fuselage and cabin sustained substantial fire damage. Signatures consistent with wire contact were found on the tail boom and on one main rotor blade.



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