Witness describes deadly Sevier Co. helicopter crash

Published: Apr. 5, 2016 at 12:18 PM EDT
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Ed Miller has lived in the same house for the past 20 years. He says he sees helicopters constantly, sometimes day and night.

Monday night, he watched one of those helicopters crash right in front of his home.

"The painful part was not knowing how many people were over there or how serious they might be hurt," said Miller.

Miller said he caught about 30 minutes of what happened on camera. He handed that footage over to the Pigeon Forge Police Department.

The National Transportation Safety Board is on-scene investigating the crash alongside the Federal Aviation Administration.

The victims have not been positively identified yet. Investigators say they will use dental records to identify the victims.

The sight-seeing helicopter from Smoky Mountain Helicopters went down Monday at about 3:30 p.m. Five people on board died.

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.

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