published Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Witnesses thought police helicopter flew too low in 2012 Atlanta area crash

ATLANTA — Some witnesses expressed surprise at how low a police helicopter was flying before it crashed into an Atlanta neighborhood, killing the two officers on board.

The witness accounts are included in a newly-released report from the National Transportation Safety Board, which is still investigating what caused the chopper to go down. It crashed in flames during the search for a missing child on Nov. 3, 2012.

The report states that one witness outside a gas station saw the helicopter and said "Why is that helicopter flying so low?" Another witness at a MARTA station recalls making a similar comment.

An Atlanta police officer in a car on the ground told investigators he saw an object explode in his peripheral vision. A few seconds later, the helicopter fell into the street and exploded.

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