(September 1, 2017) – One of the Gwinnett County Police Department (GA)’s two MD 530F helicopters has crashed approximately 200 yards from the department’s hanger at the Briscoe Field/Gwinnett County Airport this morning. The department has announced that both officers on board were conscious and talking but were being transported to the nearby hospital. The crash which occurred at approximately 11:00am Eastern Time is currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration. The department stated in a tweet on their official Twitter account that the conditions were “windy with a storm coming in.” The Briscoe Field/ Lawrenceville Airport is currently shut down while the investigation takes place. Officials have also stated that the helicopter was returning to the hangar from a wanted person call in Dacula.
“They were helping to search the area from the air. We had officers on the ground and our officers up in the air were trying to help find him, just to add extra support,” said Gwinnett Cpl. Michele Pihera.
The news site Blue Lives Matter reported that at least one of the two officers was entrapped in the wreckage and was extricated by Fire Department personnel on scene.
At this time, the condition of the two officers involved in the crash has not been officially released, but the department was very thankful for the outpouring of support they have already received in the short amount of time since the crash this morning. Gwinnett County Police Department, a nationally accredited agency is located in the Northeastern quadrant of the Atlanta Metropolitan area, covering four hundred and thirty six square miles and protecting some eight hundred thousand residents.
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