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BPD Flight Officer remembered 20 yrs. after deadly helicopter crash

Posted at 6:57 PM, Nov 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-04 18:57:30-05

Twenty-years ago, today a police helicopter came crashing down in Baltimore.

Flight Officer Barry Wood lost his life.

On Sunday, his friends and family gathered to remember the heroic pilot
It was November 4, 1998, when Wood was chasing a stolen vehicle from above.

Before the crash, the observation officer radioed that there was a fire on-board. Flight Officer Wood attempted to land the aircraft at a safe location to insure no one would be harmed.
    
The helicopter ultimately crashed right near the B&O Railroad Museum at the intersection of Pratt and Poppleton Streets.

Flight officer Wood’s widow Martha, remembers a remarkable man;” He was a great person, I don't have to tell you that, but he was my soulmate. And my friend and a wonderful husband and I know that every day and that's what gets me through everyday.”

Thanks to Wood's actions, no one on the ground was injured.

Flight Officer Wood was a Vietnam war helicopter pilot. He served with the Baltimore Police Department for 27-years.