5 killed in tourist helicopter crash in Smoky Mountains
Emergency vehicles respond to the scene of a fatal helicopter crash, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. A sightseeing helicopter crashed near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials said. (Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
Officials say five people have died in the crash of a tourist helicopter in East Tennessee near Sevierville.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says 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.
Pigeon Forge Fire Department said units were at the scene.
Tennessee Emergency Management Association spokesman Dean Flener confirmed late Monday afternoon that five people had died. Flener said no homes were damaged and no one on the ground was injured when the helicopter went down.
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