FAA to investigate crash of police helicopter


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A spokeswoman with the Federal Aviation Administration said its personnel are heading to the scene of a police helicopter crash near Atlanta to investigate.

Gwinnett County police said two of its officers on board were injured in Friday's crash, and both were alert and talking afterward.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the MD 369 helicopter went down about 11 a.m. Friday.

Police said the chopper, one of two helicopters operated by the department, was returning from a call when it went down at a general aviation airport during windy weather as a storm approached.

Police said the county's fire department helped free one of the occupants, who was trapped inside. Both occupants were taken to a hospital.

The crash happened at Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, where the police department's helicopters are based.

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