KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE/WKRN) — One person is dead and three others hurt after a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River in Knoxville Monday night.
A spokesperson with the FAA released preliminary information that a Eurocopter EC-130 with four people aboard went down in the river four miles west of Downtown Island Airport at 7:40 p.m. Investigators say the three survivors were attempting to swim to shore when a pontoon boat picked them up. The Knoxville Fire Department says the body of the fourth person was recovered by divers.
” Local officials will release their names and medical conditions. The FAA will release the aircraft registration at the appropriate time. The FAA will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.”FAA
Multiple agencies working helicopter crash in TN River between Alcoa Hwy. & Sequoyah Hills
UPDATE (8:26 p.m.): Knoxville Police Department reports that multiple agencies are working a helicopter crash in the Tennessee River between Alcoa Highway and Sequoyah Hills.
KPD is asking the public to stay away from the area as emergency crews respond for rescue efforts.
UPDATE (8:10 p.m.): Knox County Rescue Squad is responding to reports of an aircraft down at Cherokee Farm Way.
EARLIER: Knoxville Fire Department confirmed to WATE 6 On Your Side that a helicopter has crashed into the Tennessee River Monday night.
There is no additional information available at this time.
We have crews on the way to the scene at this time, we will update you as we learn more.
This is a developing story.