Helicopter Tour Crashes in Tennessee

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A helicopter crashed near Sevierville, Tenn. on Monday afternoon.

The helicopter was reportedly taking several people on a tour around the area when it went down and was destroyed by fire. The aircraft was a Bell 206 sightseeing helicopter and it crashed around 3:30 p.m. local time, according to the FAA.

A local CBS affiliate has reported that the owner of the aircraft was Smoky Mountain Helicopters, which could not immediately be reached for comment. The National Transportation Safety Board said that it would investigate the crash.

Local officials and federal authorities have not yet confirmed the number of passengers or their conditions.

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