Arkansas police helicopter crashes during takeoff, injuring pilot

LITTLE ROCK, AK -- A police helicopter crashed during takeoff, seriously injuring the pilot, near Little Rock, Arkansas, during a maintenance check on August 16.

Police said that they had been testing new equipment in the helicopter when wind knocked it off its platform, according to KATV.

The aircraft was damaged beyond repair and the pilot had a severe head injury but was stable, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said on August 21.