5 Dead, sightseeing helicopter destroyed by fire in Pigeon Forge

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PIGEON FORGE, TN (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.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash, which was reported at 3:30 p.m. near Rainbow Road.

WATE 6 On Your Side Mona Nair is at the scene. She said a small helicopter has crashed and there is lots of smoke in the area.

The FAA released the following statement:

Local authorities notified the FAA that a Bell 206 sightseeing helicopter crashed near Sevierville, TN at 3:30 pm local time today. Officials said it was destroyed by fire. Local authorities will release the number of people on board, their names and conditions. The FAA will release the helicopter registration after that. We will update this statement when we get new information.

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