Army concludes TV tower crash report - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Army concludes TV tower crash report

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Purge threats target multiple U.S. cities

    Purge threats target multiple U.S. cities

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:43 AM EDT2014-08-27 08:43:33 GMT

    The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and the Albany Gang Unit will be in on high alert this weekend after "Purge" threats hit social media. Albany is one of several cities that has been targeted. It mimics the 2013 horror film, "The Purge." 

    More >>

    The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and the Albany Gang Unit will be in on high alert this weekend after "Purge" threats hit social media. Albany is one of several cities that has been targeted. It mimics the 2013 horror film, "The Purge." 

    More >>
  • Mars celebrates 50 years in Albany

    Mars celebrates 50 years in Albany

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:05:12 GMT
    Albany city commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday night honoring one of the city's tastiest factories.More >>
    Albany city commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday night honoring one of the city's tastiest factories.More >>
  • Alice Coachman Resolution Approved

    Alice Coachman Resolution Approved

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:59:04 GMT
    Bradford Jones, Coachman's Son-in-lawBradford Jones, Coachman's Son-in-law
    An Olympic legend from Albany is honored by home town leaders. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard presented a resolution honoring Alice Coachman to her son-in-law. More >>
    An Olympic legend from Albany is honored by home town leaders. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard presented a resolution honoring Alice Coachman to her son-in-law. More >>

January 5, 2007

Albany -- On a cloudy day in June, 2006, an Army helicopter en route from Hunter Army Air Field to Fort Rucker, Alabama, struck the WFXL-TV tower, which stood about 150 feet away from the WALB-TV tower near Doerun.

The collision destroyed a multi-million helicopter, and killed four Special Forces personnel aboard the craft. The co-pilot survived.

In a controlled-demolition attempt to collapse the WFXL tower, the WALB tower was also destroyed. Thousands of South Georgians who received TV over the air have been without both stations' signals from that moment.

We've been waiting six months for the Army to release their report on the crash, and now their report is ready.

Friday, we received an email from Kimberly T. Laudano, the Public Affairs Officer for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The relevant portion of the letter was this:

"The investigation into the helicopter accident in southwest Georgia on June 1, 2006, was recently completed."   

"The results found that several contributing factors lead to the accident where a MH-47 Chinook helicopter flew into the television antennas, all relating to lack of aircrew situational awareness and coordination during the flight.  A potential contributing factor was deteriorating weather conditions." 

Though this statement doesn't give specific, exact causes to the collision, the Army does, for the first time, acknowledge that their chopper hit the tower.

Our Jennifer Emert interviewed Army officials, who said that their report concludes that there were no mechanical problems with the Chinook helicopter, and that their air crew basically flew into the tower.

Jennifer will have the full story in our 6:00 newscast.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=ArmyReport/DM