Helicopter searching for missing boy kills at least 2 police officers

Scene of the accident 
By: Hydar Tomar 

At least 2 police officers were killed while searching for a missing boy, according to reports.

It started as a helicopter search for a missing child, who is 9 years old. About two hours later, the police helicopter was in pieces on a city street. Two officers were killed and hundreds of residents of northwest Atlanta, were left without electricity.

The helicopter with two officers on board crashed on Saturday night, a few miles from downtown. The helicopter was flying low to allow agents to perform a more thorough search, according to Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.

The two police officers were killed on impact.

"The loss of an officer is the hardest thing that a police chief can face," Turner said. "Losing two is an unimaginable tragedy. Our hearts are with 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 sacrifices made by our officers each day," a police spokesperson said.

There were no injuries on the ground, but the accident knocked out power to 1,300 customers of Georgia Power. "I do not know details of what happened in that accident. We believe it is a result of the helicopter crash," John Kraft, a spokesperson for Georgia Power, said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

Turner said his department has cordoned off the area, but the investigation has been turned over to federal authorities.
The missing child was later found safe.