The search for a missing 9-year-old boy turned tragic last night when a police helicopter crashed in Atlanta. The two officers on board the helicopter were killed in the crash. No one on the ground was injured.
According to the Washington Post, the helicopter crashed about 4 miles west of downtown Atlanta. The copter hit a power line as it fell and blacked out several local businesses. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said that the power line was not responsible for the crash.
“It appeared to hit the utility wire on the way down (but) we don’t know what caused it.”
The Associated Press reports that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were both investigating the cause of the crash.
Police are withholding the names of the two officers killed in the crash until their families can be alerted.
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said:
“Losing an officer is the most difficult thing a police chief can face. Losing two is an unthinkable tragedy. Our hearts go out to the families of these officers and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Campos said that the helicopter was called in last night to aid in the search of a missing boy. Campos said that the boy was later found unharmed.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said:
“We mourn these two brave men and offer our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones.”