Police Helicopter Seeking Missing Kid Crashes, Kills 2

Boy later found unharmed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 4, 2012 5:29 AM CST

(Newser) – A police helicopter flying low over Atlanta on a nighttime search for a missing 9-year-old boy plunged to the ground in a busy northwest neighborhood of shops and apartments, killing the two officers aboard. Both officers died on impact in the crash about 10:30pm yesterday, but no one was hurt on the ground. "It appeared to hit the utility wire on the way down," a police spokesman said. But he emphasized: "We don't know what caused it," and referred all queries to the Federal Aviation Administration, which was just opening its investigation.

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"The tail end went down and then there was an explosion," said a witness. "As soon as I got close enough to it, poom! It exploded." He added of the helicopter's occupants: "They could not survive it." The names of the dead were withheld early today while relatives were notified. "Losing an officer is the most difficult thing a police chief can face," Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. "Losing two is an unthinkable tragedy." Police said the helicopter was called in after police received a report shortly after 9pm of a missing child. The boy was later found unharmed. (Read more helicopter crash stories.)

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