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Police helicopter crashes in northwest Atlanta, killing two officers

An Atlanta police helicopter crashed late Saturday, killing two officers, police said.

Police Chief George Turner confirmed the deaths at a news conference, NBC station WXIA of Atlanta reported. There were no injuries on the ground. The victims' names were not released.

"One of our helicopters went down and two officers were killed," police spokesman Carlos Campos told Reuters. 

WXIA reported that witnesses said the helicopter hit power lines before crashing about 10:30 p.m. in northwest Atlanta. The helicopter was searching for a missing 9-year-old boy, police said.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the aircraft crashed near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Hamilton E. Holmes drives. Power was out in the area.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating, WXIA said.

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