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2 officers die in Atlanta copter crash

Police had been searching for boy, found hours later

ATLANTA — A low-flying police helicopter searching for a runaway boy hit a power line pole before it plummeted to the ground and exploded, killing both officers on board but leaving those on the ground unharmed.

Federal authorities were investigating what caused the copter to crash into power lines along a busy Atlanta street. Electricity was knocked out to nearby homes and businesses in an area filled with shopping plazas, fast-food restaurants, and a gas station.

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