Two Memphis Police officers injured during training exercise

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Two Memphis Police officers with the Air Support Unit were injured Sunday when they were forced to make an emergency landing during a training exercise.

The emergency landing happened during a training session at the Air Support Unit.  Both the pilot and his instructor were able to walk away but they did complain of numbness in the back.

Major Venell Steper of the Memphis Police Department explained the damage to the helicopter.

"The tail boom was cut in half by the main rotor," Steper said.

At the instruction of the FAA, the Memphis Police Department sealed off the helicopter in a hangar.

The instructor was taken to The MED in non-critical condition.

"He walked to the ambulance," Steper said.  "They put him on the gurney and wouldn't let him back up.  They even cut his clothes off him, he could have taken them off himself."

Steper said the helicopter was about 500 feet in the air when, for an unknown reason, the pilot had to make an emergency landing.

"There was no engine trouble," Steper.

The Memphis Air Support Unit serves as the eye in the sky for many of the areas surrounding Memphis.

"Around Tennessee and Arkansas we are still it," Steper said.  "We're the only game in town."

FAA investigators will be in Memphis Tuesday to investigate the emergency landing.

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