Tue, Jun 05, 2007
Three Onboard Taken To Local Hospitals
REPORTING 06.05.07 2200 EDT: Officials confirm three
people onboard a Bell 206 Jet Ranger that crashed in a heavily
wooded area of northwest Georgia Tuesday afternoon survived, and
are being treated for broken bones at area hospitals.
All three onboard are officers with the Georgia State Patrol,
according to news reports, and members of the Governor's Drug
Task Force. The helicopter is part of the state patrol fleet.
The officers were inspecting the area for marijuana fields
when the accident occurred. The wreckage sparked a small brush
fire, that was quickly contained.
1555 EDT: Aero-News has learned a helicopter
flying for the Georgia Governor's Drug Task Force crashed Tuesday
afternoon near the town of Rockmart in the northwest part of the
state. The helo, type unknown, was reportedly participating in a
drug reconnaissance mission at the time of the accident.
WSB Radio News in Atlanta tells ANN initial reports from the
scene indicate three people have been taken to area hospitals
onboard separate medical aircraft. Live pictures from the scene
show medical helicopters loading patients near a smoldering crash
site in a heavily-wooded area.
There's no immediate word on the composition of the crew or the
reasons for the mishap. The crash site appears to be spread over
several hundred yards of dense forest.
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