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Blackhawk helicopter gives Columbus P.D. a lift

Staff Sgt. James M. Thrasher assists during the removal of a downed Columbus Police Department helicopter. U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Kimberly D. Snow. Staff Sgt. James M. Thrasher assists during the removal of a downed Columbus Police Department helicopter. U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Kimberly D. Snow.
UH-60 Blackhawk crew member assists Columbus Police. UH-60 Blackhawk crew member assists Columbus Police.
An Ohio Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk crew moves a downed helicopter from the banks of the Scioto River near downtown Columbus. An Ohio Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk crew moves a downed helicopter from the banks of the Scioto River near downtown Columbus.

COLUMBUS, OH -- UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crewmembers of the Ohio Army National Guard's 1-137th Aviation Battalion airlifted a downed Columbus Division of Police helicopter from the Scioto River on Wednesday. The CPD helicopter was safely airlifted to Lou Berliner Park.

The helicopter was on a routine traffic patrol on October 29, south of downtown Columbus, when the crew experienced an "in flight incident."

Pilots safely maneuvered the helicopter to a bank in the middle of the river. Then, the helicopter began sinking in the mud.

Ohio Army National Guard State Safety Officer, Colonel Rick Hall, was called to see if the guard could help.

"The Ohio National Guard has a federal, state and community mission. We have the personnel, experience and equipment to support the communities in which we live," said Hall. "As aviators, we never like to see this happen and we are glad the pilots were not hurt, but even more glad that we could help out," added Hall.

The Blackhawk helicopter is an aircraft that was first introduced in the early 1970s and has a lift capability around 9,000 pounds.

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