NTSB releases prelim report on police helicopter crash

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Officers Shawn Smiley (l) and Richard Halford
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ATLANTA -- A new report from federal investigators indicates the two officers who died in an Atlanta Police helicopter crash made no distress calls before the aircraft collided with wires atop a 42-foot power pole.

You can listen to the 911 tapes in the video player above.

The preliminary report released late Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board sheds a little light on what might have caused the chopper to plunge to the ground Nov. 3.

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MORE | Read the NTSB preliminary report here

The helicopter crashed near an intersection while searching for a missing child.

The pilot, 48-year-old Richard J. Halford, and 40-year-old tactical flight officer Shawn A. Smiley were killed in the crash.

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The NTSB report states that the crew was not communicating with air traffic control at the time of the accident and no distress calls were noted. The NTSB says it will likely take several months before the full investigation is complete.

Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta police released 911 audio from the time of the crash. Frantic citizens in and around the area of the crash site described the flaming wreckage of the helicopter, and in at least one of the calls, said they were afraid the flames might spread to the shopping center there at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hamilton E. Holmes Drive on Atlanta's west side.

(Associated Press)

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