CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. - A retired police officer was one of the victims of a Georgia police helicopter crash into a river near Clanton, Alabama.
The Chilton County Sheriff's office said the crash happened near Cargile Creek on Lake Mitchell. Preliminary information from investigators indicated the helicopter hit a power line and then crashed into the river, according to a report form AL.com.
On Sunday, the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook that 53-year-old retired officer David Hall was one of the victims in the crash. Hall, who served with the Columbus Police Department for 28 years, was still serving the city of Columbus as a pilot working with the Metro Narcotics Task Force.
"He was beloved and respected by his fellow officers and by all who knew him," the Sheriff's Office said. "He will be missed. "
Officials say Hall was traveling at the time with a passenger whose identity is being withheld due to his family's wishes.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are continuing to investigate.