1 confirmed dead after firefighting helicopter crashes during training exercise in Florida, officials say

  • Source: WESH-TV NBC 2 Orlando
  • Published: 05/26/2021 12:00 AM

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.


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