Firefighting Black Hawk helicopter with four on board crashes in Florida

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Firefighting Black Hawk helicopter with four on board crashes in Florida

  • A firefighting helicopter on a training flight crashed in Leesburg, Florida at about 4 p.m. Tuesday
  • The Black Hawk helicopter crashed into a heavily forested area near Leesburg Airport
  • By 8 p.m., rescue teams were still trying to get to the sight to search for survivors, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating this

A firefighting helicopter on a training flight has crashed in Leesburg, Florida, with four people on board.

The crash happened around 4 p.m. on Tuesday. There is no word yet on whether anyone survived the crash.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that the Black Hawk helicopter crashed in heavily forested swampland near Leesburg Airport, about 40 miles northwest of Orlando.

By 8 p.m., rescue teams were still trying to get to the sight to search for survivors, the Sentinel reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating this.

A photo of the crash site at Leesburg airport

A photo of the crash site at Leesburg airport

A file photo of a Black Hawk helicopter.  A similar plane crashed into heavily forested Florida swamp area at 4 p.m. on Tuesday

A file photo of a Black Hawk helicopter. A similar plane crashed into heavily forested Florida swamp area at 4 p.m. on Tuesday

A local journalist Summer Knowles tweeted: ‘FAA says a fire helicopter crashed into a swamp near Leesburg Airport this afternoon during a training drill. Four people were on board.

“The FAA and NTSB will conduct the investigation, but the NTSB will lead the investigation.”

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