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

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

February 4th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

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.