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December 14, 2017

Helicopter Crash In The Smokies

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Crash sight off Rainbow Road in Pigeon Forge.

A sightseeing helicopter crash in Pigeon Forge killed five people Monday afternoon. Local authorities notified the FAA about the crash around 3:30 p.m. Officials told the FAA that a Bell 206 sightseeing helicopter was destroyed by fire. No word yet on who it is registered to. “There was not much left of the helicopter,” said Pigeon Forge Police Chief Jack Baldwin near the scene. “There’s just a small piece of the tailwing and that’s about what’s left of the helicopter.” Witnesses reported hearing explosions and seeing fire after the crash. They also reported seeing the helicopter crash into trees. According to FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen, local authorities “will release the number of people on board, their names and conditions.”Then, the FAA will release the helicopter registration, according to Bergen. The Pigeon Forge Fire Department as well as six or seven other departments were responding to the scene. The Tennessee Forestry Division also was responding to the scene because the crash started a fire in the woods.

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