A police helicopter crashed in the streets of Atlanta late Saturday night. Two police officers who were in the helicopter were killed.
The officers were looking for a missing 9 years old boy. According to Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, the helicopter was flying low to enable the officers to conduct a more thorough search.
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. This is a difficult day … it is a reminder of their bravery and the sacrifices made by our officers every day.”
-Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.
The crash also knocked out power to 1300 Georgia Power customers but luckily, no one else was hurt.
Turner said his department has cordoned off the area, but has turned the investigation over to the federal authorities, The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the reason of the sudden crash. “We believe it is a result of the helicopter”, said John Kraft, a spokesman for Georgia Power.