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Tennessee Crash: 5 Dead After Tourist Helicopter Goes Down

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 Apr 2016 09:26 AM

A Tennessee crash killed five people Monday when a sightseeing helicopter went down and burned in a Smoky Mountains area in the eastern part of the state, Reuters reported.

No one on the ground was injured in the crash, said Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener. He confirmed that five people were killed, but had no further information on the incident.

The owner of Smoky Mountain Helicopters said the crash occurred in Sevier County, about 200 miles east of Nashville, local TV station WVLT reported.

"(It's) just a burnt mess . . . there's not much left," Jack Baldwin, the chief of police in Pigeon Forge, was quoted as saying by TV station WBIR.

Police and the helicopter company could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said local authorities notified them that a Bell 206 sightseeing helicopter crashed near Sevierville at 3:30 p.m. The helicopter was destroyed by fire, local authorities told the FAA.

The FAA did not have details on fatalities and was awaiting information from the scene.

The helicopter company has been offering sightseeing flights of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding areas since 1964, according to its website.

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A Tennessee crash killed five people Monday when a sightseeing helicopter went down and burned in a Smoky Mountains area in the eastern part of the state, Reuters reported.
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