Tennessee Tourist Helicopter Crash Killed 5


Nashville: Five people were killed when a tourist helicopter crashed in a mountainous area of eastern Tennessee on Monday.

Tennessee Emergency Management Association spokesman Dean Flener told the Associated Press that five people had died in the crash near Sevierville, Tenn.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said the Bell 206 sightseeing helicopter crash was reported at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that officials said the helicopter was destroyed by fire.  It was not immediately known how many people were on board.

The owner of Smokey Mountain Helicopters also told WVLT-TV in an on air interview that five people died in the crash. The group was on the sight-seeing ride as part of a popular tourist activity about 200 miles east of Nashville.

Emergency responders from the nearby tourist hub of Pigeon Forge are responding to the scene. Pigeon Ford Police Chief Jack Balwin told WBIR-TV there was “not much left” of the helicopter.

“There’s just a small piece of the tailwing and that’s about what’s left of the helicopter,” he said.