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Multiple Casualties Reported In Helicopter Crash Near Popular Tourist Destination

April 4, 2016: Five people were killed in a helicopter crash near Sevierville, Tenn.

This just in via Fox News: A tourist helicopter has gone down in Tennessee near Pigeon Forge, a popular tourist destination.

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 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 Forge 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.

This story is still developing. Please keep the victims and their families in your prayers!


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