3 dead, 1 injured in Franklin County helicopter crash

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ark. – The victims of a deadly Sunday afternoon helicopter crash have been identified.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office names them as Pilot Chuck Dickson, of Tulsa, Okla. (owner of Tulsa County Helicopters), and two passengers — Sarah Hill of Austin, Texas, and Marco Ornelas of Mexico. 

Crash survivor Zachari Peterson of Omaha, Neb. was flown to a Tulsa hospital with injuries described as life-threatening. There’s no update on his condition.

Original story:
OZARK, Ark.. (KNWA) – Three people are reported to have died and a fourth person has been injured in the crash of a helicopter on Sunday in Franklin County.

The scene is north of Cass, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Arkansas State Police.  

The helicopter was giving sky tours over the Backwoods Music Festival at Mulberry Mountain. 

Search and rescue crews were called to the scene when a report was received late Sunday afternoon that the helicopter was missing. 

About one hour after the first call came in, rescue crews found the downed chopper through a cell phone ping from a passenger’s 911 call.

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