Owner of helicopter company says 5 deaths after crash

Published: Apr. 4, 2016 at 4:45 PM EDT
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According to emergency dispatch, a helicopter crashed in Sevier County on Monday afternoon.

The FAA says the helicopter was a Bell 206 sightseeing helicopter that crashed at 3:30 p.m. Officials say it was destroyed by fire.

The Pigeon Forge Police Department Chief Jack Baldwin says there's not much left in the wreck scene. A fire started at the crash scene and is spreading up the mountain.

He said this is the worst helicopter crash he's ever seen.

The owner of Smoky Mountain Helicopters says five people people died in the crash. The group was on a sight-seeing ride as part of a popular tourist activity. The crash happened on Rainbow Road in Sevierville.

The first call came in at 4:15 p.m.

Emergency responders from Pigeon Forge are working the scene.

According to the Smoky Mountains Helicopters' website, the company has been offering tours of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and surrounding areas since 1964.