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Helicopter crashes into Tennessee River; 1 dead

By
Don Jacobson

Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Investigators are trying to determine what caused a helicopter to crash into the Tennessee River, killing one person on board.

The Eurocopter EC-130 chopper went down in the river late Monday about 3 miles southwest of downtown Knoxville, authorities said. Three others aboard the aircraft were rescued.

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Knoxville Fire Department spokesman D.J. Corcoran told reporters the victim's body has been recovered.

It's not yet clear if the victim was the pilot or a passenger.

The three others were rescued by a pontoon boat, officials said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation.

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