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Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes in Florida, 4 Believed to be Dead: Reports


A fire-fighting Black Hawk helicopter with four people on board reportedly crashed into a swamp in Florida on Tuesday afternoon, reportedly killing at least one occupant.

The crash occurred around 4 p.m. ET near an airport in Leesburg, about 48 miles northwest of Orlando, Orlando FOX 35 reported.

One inmate was confirmed dead, but rescue workers did not hope to find survivors, reports say.

“The crash seems to be a total loss,” wrote officials from the Leesburg fire department on Facebook.

It was believed that an unspecified mechanical failure caused the crash.

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“At some point there was obviously a mechanical failure and the helicopter swayed,” said Lt. Joe Iozzi of the Leesburg Police Department across from FOX 35.

Fire can be seen in the area where a helicopter crashed near an airport in Leesburg, Florida on Tuesday.

Fire can be seen in the area where a helicopter crashed near an airport in Leesburg, Florida on Tuesday.

“The tail has been separated from the main body of the plane, the tail went onto the airport runway, and the main part of the plane returned to this swampy, forested area, and the fire department is currently on a rescue operation.”

Leesburg Fire Rescue posted a photo online showing black smoke rising from the crash site.

The helicopter was described as the Black Hawk Sikorsky UH-60. It was being used for a training exercise when the crash occurred, Federal Aviation Administration officials said FOX 35.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash, FAA officials said.

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As of 8 p.m. ET, forces were still working to reach the wreck, Iozzi told the Orlando Sentinel.

The crash caused a small fire at the crash site, but the fire was soon under control, FOX 35 reported.

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