At least one individual was killed when a helicopter crashed close to a Florida airport on Tuesday, the authorities stated. The three others who have been onboard remained unaccounted for as of Wednesday morning.
A Sikorsky UH-60 firefighting helicopter, often known as a Black Hawk, crashed right into a marsh close to Leesburg International Airport throughout a coaching train at about four p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration stated in an announcement.
Leesburg is about 40 miles northwest of Orlando.
The crash gave the impression to be a complete loss, and no survivors have been discovered, according the Leesburg Fire Department, which responded to the scene together with the Leesburg Police Department.
One loss of life was confirmed, the fireplace division stated, and crews have been on the scene “mitigating the emergency and searching for survivors.”
A photograph taken close to the crash web site confirmed thick black smoke billowing into the air simply past what gave the impression to be the airport’s touchdown and takeoff areas.
“At some point, some kind of mechanical failure evidently occurred and the helicopter went into a tailspin,” Joe Iozzi of the Leesburg Police Department told Fox 35 Orlando.
The United States Forest Service plowed a line across the crash to stop any vegetation fires, the fireplace division stated.
The F.A.A. and the National Transportation Safety Board have been to start investigating the crash on Wednesday, officers stated.
The episode was the most recent deadly helicopter crash this yr within the United States.
Five folks, together with the Czech Republic’s richest man, have been killed on a helicopter-skiing tour in March when their chopper crashed close to a glacier in Alaska. In February, three Idaho Army National Guard pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed in unhealthy climate throughout a routine coaching mission. About two weeks earlier, a New York Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter on a routine coaching mission crashed in a rural area south of Rochester, New York, killing three Guard members.