Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing On Ashland City Highway

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Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing On Ashland City Highway

CREATED Jun 24, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing on a Nashville highway Tuesday afternoon, but no injuries were reported.

Metropolitan Nashville Police said the chopper landed on Ashland City Highway, about two miles west of Briley Parkway, just after noon. Traffic was light at the time, according to police, and no vehicles were hit by the helicopter. 

Officials said Robinson R44 had two people on board and was en route from Key Largo, Florida, to La Crosse, Wisconsin. It stopped at John C. Tune Airport in Nashville for refueling. Just after takeoff, the aircraft lost power, forcing the pilot to initiate auto-rotate and put it down on the highway. 

The back of the helicopter made contact with the ground first, causing damage to the tail rotor.

The pilot and a passenger were unhurt.

Two westbound lanes of Ashland City Highway were closed while the crash was under investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and will investigate the crash.