Pigeon Forge Police Chief: 5 dead in helicopter crash

Pigeon Forge Police Chief: 5 dead in helicopter crash
Pigeon Forge police chief, Jack Baldwin, speaks to media at the site where a sightseeing helicopter crashed Monday, April 4, 2016, near Sevierville, Tenn. Officials said several people died when the helicopter crashed near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Pigeon Forge police chief, Jack Baldwin, speaks to media at the site where a sightseeing helicopter crashed Monday, April 4, 2016, near Sevierville, Tenn. Officials said several people died when the helicopter crashed near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – The Pigeon Forge Chief of Police Jack H. Baldwin confirms to WATE 6 On Your Side that five people were killed in a sightseeing helicopter that crashed.

“Apparently this helicopter came out some time around 3:30 p.m. this afternoon and all passengers are deceased,” said Baldwin. “The FAA will be coming in sometime tomorrow morning to do their investigation of the crash.”

Baldwin said fire departments are working to put out a fire caused by the helicopter, which was completely destroyed. The fire has caught some of the hill on Rainbow Road, where the helicopter crashed, on fire.

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