Sheriff: Nebraska man is lone survivor in Arkansas helicopter crash

Published: Jun. 3, 2019 at 11:50 PM CDT
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The Franklin County Sheriff in Arkansas said three people died in a helicopter crash Sunday night and the lone survivor is a man from Omaha.

According to CBS affiliate KFSM Sheriff Anthony Boen said four people were on the helicopter when it crashed, they have been identified as Chuck Dixon, Marco Ornelas and Sarah Hill. Boen said Zachariah Petersen, of Omaha, was flown to a Tulsa, Oklahoma hospital with several broken bones and internal injuries. He's listed in critical condition. Boen said Dixon was the pilot, while Ornelas, Hill and Petersen were passengers.

KFSM said the helicopter was giving a tour ride at the Backwoods Music Festival at Mulberry Mountain when it crashed. Sheriff Boen said the pilot was due back about 7 p.m. Sunday, but did not show up as scheduled. Investigators found the wreckage around 8:00 p.m.

The helicopter crashed somewhere in the Ozark National Forest not far from the landing site. It's from Tulsa County Helicopters and was being used to give customers a bird's eye view festival.

Mulberry Mountain is about an hour southeast of Fayetteville.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.

Authorities have identified the survivor as Zachari Peterson; We have corrected the name per family

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