Ft. Novosel helicopter experiences mechanical problems during training Wednesday

Published 2:37 pm Friday, October 13, 2023

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A Ft. Novosel, formally Ft. Rucker, helicopter experienced mechanical problems while conducting training in Covington County Wednesday afternoon.

According to local law enforcement, the helicopter was flying approximately 4 to 5 miles southwest of Andalusia near the Oakey Ridge and Red Oak communities. Reports originally stated the helicopter had been struck by gunfire.

Mike Irwin of the Covington County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday at approximately 3:55 p.m. that the plane was not hit by gunfire but encountered mechanical issues instead.

Officials say the pilot was able to safely land the helicopter and then safely guide it back to Ft. Novosel. Fortunately, no injuries occurred to the occupants of the helicopter.

The Covington County Sheriff’s Department responded and is assisting Ft. Novosel officials with the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Covington County Sheriff’s Department at 334-427-4911.