Helicopter Crashes Killing 3

Monday, November 5th 2007, 8:29 pm
By: News On 6

JAMESTOWN, Tenn. (AP) _ A helicopter crashed Monday in a remote area near the Kentucky border, killing at least three people, officials said.

It was unclear whether anyone else was on board, but witness accounts indicate there were no survivors, said Warren Woodberry, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Robinson R-44 helicopter may have been owned by Young Oil Corp., a Kentucky company that drills oil and gas wells in the area, Woodberry said.

A person who answered the phone at Young Oil declined to comment.

Workers at a nearby drilling site said the helicopter crashed after becoming entangled in power lines after liftoff, Fentress County Sheriff Chuck Cravens told WBIR-TV.

``It's very windy up here. It may have blown it into the power lines,'' he said, estimating winds were blowing at 20 to 25 mph.

FAA inspectors planned to visit the site Tuesday morning, Woodberry said. The National Transportation Safety Board also will investigate.