LEESBURG, Fla. — At least one person died after a firefighting helicopter crashed Tuesday evening during a training exercise, officials say.
The helicopter crashed around 4 p.m. in a marshy area near Leesburg International Airport in central Florida, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Four people were on board and one person has been confirmed dead. No other survivors have been found.
The chopper, a firefighting Sikorsky UH-60, crashed between the airport property and the St. Johns River Water Management conservation area, said Leesburg City Manager Al Minner. It’s extremely swampy and hard to get to, he said.
The FAA said Tuesday that it was investigating the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board.
“The FAA will release the aircraft tail number once investigators verify it at the scene,” an FAA statement said, in part. “The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and all updates.”