Tennessee helicopter crash: Highway Patrol trooper sheriff’s deputy killed in Tennessee helicopter crash

In a tragic accident, a Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper lost their lives after their helicopter crash in East Tennessee. Authorities say the helicopter crash happened in a wooded area of ​​Marion County’s Aetna Mountain after the helicopter accidentally hit a power line on August 23. Authorities say the victims were found dead at the crash site.

Although the names of the victims were not released by their services, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office identified the deceased soldier as Sergeant Lee Russell. The late Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy has been identified as Matt Blansett, and he is survived by his wife, Codie, and two sons – Banks and Maddox.

While informing about the accident and the death of the soldier, the office posted on Facebook its condolences to the families of the victims.

Shortly after the helicopter crash, some power lines were down on Interstate 24. However, the power lines were backed up later Tuesday evening. Additionally, I-24 East was temporarily closed, while only one lane of I-24 remained operational following the helicopter crash.

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Tennessee Department of Transportation officials responded immediately to the accident while emergency personnel also restored power lines damaged due to the accident.

Multiple agencies conducted the search operation throughout the afternoon and the downed helicopter, Bell 206, was located at 7 p.m., hours after the crash. The aircraft belonged to the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP).

Offering his condolences, Tennessee Highway Patrol Captain Travis Plotzer said the incident was “very tragic”.

The cause of the fatal crash has yet to be determined by authorities. Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been investigating the tragic accident. The Federal Aviation Association is also participating in the investigation.

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