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Firefighting Black Hawk helicopter crashes near Leesburg airport in Florida, one confirmed dead, no survivors found


Katie Sartoris

Daily Commercial, Leesburg, Fla.

LEESBURG — A helicopter crashed near Leesburg International Airport on Tuesday evening.

As of Wednesday morning, according to Leesbug Police, the Federal Aviation Administration, Leesburg Fire Rescue and other city officials, the helicopter crashed around 4 p.m. during a training exercise in a marshy area near the airport.

Four people were on board — one has been confirmed dead. No other survivors have been reported found.

Here’s what we know:

The chopper crashed at the south end of Runway 31, between the airport property and the St. Johns River Water Management conservation area, according to Leesburg City Manager Al Minner. It’s extremely swampy and hard to get to, he said.

A firefighting Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk.

We only know that there were four people aboard and one has been confirmed dead. No other details have been released yet.

We don’t know yet, only that one person has been confirmed dead and no other survivors have been found.

The FAA provided preliminary information Tuesday evening. Here’s their full statement:

“A Sikorsky UH-60 firefighting helicopter crashed into a marsh near Leesburg Airport in Leesburg, Fla., during a training exercise around 4 p.m. local time today. Four people were aboard. The FAA and ( National Transportation Safety Board) will investigate. The FAA will release the aircraft tail number once investigators verify it at the scene. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and all updates.”

The crash happened during a training exercise, according to the FAA.


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