Deputy, soldier killed in helicopter crash in rural Tennessee


A Marion County deputy and a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper were killed Tuesday when their helicopter hit a power line and crashed in a wooded area, authorities said.

“A Bell 206 helicopter struck a power line and crashed into a wooded area on Mount Aetna near Whiteside, Tennessee at approximately 4 p.m. local time today. Two people were on board,” said the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. “The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will lead the investigation and provide additional updates.”

Tennessee Highway Patrol Captain Travis Plotzer told a news conference that a plane had crashed and it was “a tough day for us.”

“What I would ask, … please allow the family their privacy as we move forward,” he said. “Today is a very tragic day for law enforcement. We appreciate all of your support and patience for the future.”

The investigation is in its “nascent stages”, Plotzer added. He didn’t answer any questions.

ABC News’ Matt Foster contributed to this report.

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