No survivors have been found after a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Florida.
After a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Florida on Tuesday afternoon, at least one individual has been reported dead, and no other survivors have been found.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a UH-60 firefighting helicopter crashed into a marsh near the Leesburg airport in Lake County, Florida, around 40 miles northwest of Orlando, at about 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
The helicopter had four people on board at the time of the crash, and Leesburg Fire Rescue reported on Facebook that none of the passengers had been found.
“It seems that the crash was a complete loss. There have been no survivors found. The majority of the fire has been put out,” the agency said. “US forestry is on the scene plowing a line across the area to avoid any vegetation fires,” says the statement.
The FAA has been informed of the crash and will begin its investigation on Wednesday, according to Leesburg Fire Rescue, while the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) told The Daily Mail that some of its investigators were on their way to the scene on Tuesday night.
A massive plume of smoke rose from the crash site in a photo posted to the fire department’s Facebook page, and Click Orlando shared aerial footage of the helicopter still engulfed in flames after the sun had set.
“At some point, some kind of mechanical malfunction obviously occurred and the helicopter went into a tailspin,” Joe Iozzi, Captain with the Leesburg Police Department, told reporters on Tuesday evening, according to Fox 51.
“The tail of the plane split from the main body of the plane, the tail went into the airport runway area, and the main body of the plane went back into the swampy, wooded area, where fire teams are currently performing a rescue operation.”
Local police officers were able to speak with witnesses at the scene, according to Lozzi, to determine what happened with the helicopter.
According to the website of its manufacturer Lockheed Martin, the US military uses Black Hawk helicopters on a daily basis, with 2,135 of the H-60 classified aircraft in operation, more than any other nation in the world.
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