A police helicopter crashed as it returned to its air base after searching for a suspect near Atlanta on Friday, injuring both occupants, reports the Associated Press.

Firefighters had to free one of them from the wreckage, but both survived and are expected to recover, said Gwinnett County Cpl. Michele Pihera.

The crash scene is a grassy field at the airport, about 200 yards from the hanger where the helicopter is based.