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3 dead in helicopter crash near Arkansas music festival

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Rescue teams near the scene of a fatal helicopter crash in Arkansas. (KFSM via CNN) Rescue teams near the scene of a fatal helicopter crash in Arkansas. (KFSM via CNN)

OZARK, Ark. (AP) -- Authorities say three people were killed and one was injured when a sightseeing helicopter crashed near a music festival in the Ozark Mountains in western Arkansas.

Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen said the pilot and two passengers were killed when the helicopter that had taken off from the Backwoods music festival on Sunday night. Boen says another passenger was airlifted to an Oklahoma hospital and was critically injured.

Boen said pilot Chuck Dickson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was killed along with festival workers Sarah Hill of Austin, Texas, and Marco Ornelas of Mexico in Sunday night's crash.

Boen did not have ages for the three killed in the crash.

The festival's website said the helicopter rides were provided by Tulsa County Helicopters of Oklahoma.

An Arkansas State Police spokesman says the helicopter was found about 500 yards (460 meters) south of the festival grounds on Mulberry Mountain.

Mulberry Mountain, which had hosted the Wakarusa festival for several years, is a popular site for multiday camping and music events.

KTEN.com editor Walt Zwirko contributed to this report.

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