[PHOTO CREDIT: Leesburg Fire Rescue]
[Original Publish Date: 05/25/21]
LEESBURG, Florida — A Blackhawk helicopter carrying four people, crashed shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday near Leesburg International Airport, according to Leesburg Police Capt. Joe Iozzi.
“It went into a tailspin and the tail separated from the main body,” Iozzi told Lake Legal News near the scene Tuesday night.
The tail landed on airport property and the main body landed in a marshy area behind the airport, he said. Crews are having difficulty reaching the crash site and an apparatus from the state fire marshal’s office arrived on scene shortly before Iozzi he spoke to LLN.
“The apparatus is cutting a path,” he said.
It is unknown if there are any survivors, and Tuesday night it was, “still considered a rescue operation.”
Iozzi would not release any information on who owns the aircraft, but said he believed it crashed during a training operation.
According to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the Sikorsky UH-60 helicopter was a firefighting helicopter.
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