UPDATED: Chopper That Crashed Owned by Nashville Man

Fentress County (WVLT/AP) - An NTSB team is on the scene of a helicopter crash in Fentress County that killed three people Monday.

The NTSB and a team from the FAA are deep in the woods near Little Crab, Fentress County right now.

The helicopter crashed on New Hope Church Road, at about 2:15 p.m. Eastern Time Monday.

The sheriff of Fentress County said the helicopter that crashed and killed three people, got caught in some power lines before catching fire.

The FAA says the chopper is registered to Trevor Noble & Ellen Harvey-Smith.

Trevor Noble is a chief pilot, and owner/operator of a company called Fly-N-Dollar Helicopter Service in Nashville, Tennessee.

According to the company website, Fly-N-Dollar has a Robinson R44 helicopter, like the one pictured above, and provides sightseeing, aerial photography and helicopter training.

The person who answered the phone at Fly-N-Dollar referred all calls to the FAA.

Yesterday, the FAA reported that the Robinson R44 chopper, like the one pictured below, may have been registered to Young Oil Corporation.

Turk Baz from WDEB radio says it crashed on land belonging to the the Tennessee Rotary Drilling, which according to a website for the Tennessee Gas and Oil Company, is a partner in some projects with Young Oil Corporation.

Fentress County Sheriff Chuck Cravens tells Volunteer TV that in the very windy conditions, the helicopter landed twice, and during that second landing, was warned about power lines.

Upon lifting off again, it got caught in some power.

He says witnesses say the chopper burst into flames in the air and crashed to the ground.

He says witnesses tried to douse the flames with water from a nearby water tank, but were not able to.

Sheriff Cravens says two of the men who died are from Kentucky and that the helicopter was picking some people up to take at least one of them to Kentucky.

No names have been released.

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  • by susan Location: spring hill on Nov 7, 2007 at 05:56 AM
    people died here bob... can't you save your political agenda and bs until people have had time to grieve
  • by Joe Location: Maryville on Nov 6, 2007 at 06:30 AM
    The NTSB will investigate, not the FAA. The FAA does not investigate accidents.
  • by bob Location: Knoxville on Nov 5, 2007 at 05:34 PM
    This is really a shame, how many seats did the copter have? It is not easy picking out forest to destroy on foot.


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