- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - The estates of two Atlanta police officers who died in a helicopter crash have filed lawsuits against companies that manufactured and maintained the chopper.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (https://on-ajc.com/1AjgJD2 ) attorneys for the estates of the two officers filed lawsuits in Fulton County Superior Court against a number of companies. The suits allege there were problems with the design and construction of the helicopter and its parts.

Officers Richard Halford and Shawn Smiley died when the helicopter crashed into power lines in Atlanta while they were searching for a missing 9-year-old boy in November 2012.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigated and ruled in March that the helicopter likely crashed because the pilot was flying too low and was unable to see a power pole and wires during the search.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com

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