VIDEO: A firefighting helicopter crashed into a marsh near Leesburg Airport in during a training exercise around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Leesburg Police Department said the four people on board were from a company called Firehawk Helicopters, a fire suppression company. One person has been confirmed dead. At this time, no other survivors have been found. The FAA and NTSB are investigating.
A spokesperson with the Leesburg Police department said witnesses saw the helicopter go into a tailspin and at some point the tail broke off from the main body.
The helicopter then went into the woods, where a fire started. Most of the fire from the crash was under control as of 9 p.m. Tuesday.
US forestry officials were on the scene, plowing a line around the scene to prevent any vegetation fires.
FFA has been notified of the crash and will start their investigation Wednesday, officials said.