LEESBURG, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — At least one person is dead Tuesday night after a firefighting helicopter with four people on board crashed near a Central Florida airport.
The helicopter crashed into a marsh near Leesburg International Airport during a training exercise around 4 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a news release.READ MORE: 2 Of South Florida’s Top Cops React To Miami-Dade Mayor’s White House Visit For Gun Violence Discussion
One body was recovered Tuesday night and no survivors had been found, Leesburg Fire Rescue said in a Facebook post.
“The crash appears to be a total loss,” the post said.READ MORE: Miami Dolphins Team Up With Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Broward For Pride Month Initiative
Hours after the crash, rescue crews were still trying to get to the wreckage to see if there were any survivors, Leesburg police Lt. Joe Iozzi said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. Officials did not immediately release additional information.MORE NEWS: Miami Police Department Fires Deputy Chief Ronald Papier, Commander Nerly Papier
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