UPDATE: Victims of deadly helicopter crash near Backwoods Music Festival identified


UPDATE (5 p.m., 6/3): Authorities have identified the three people killed and one person injured in a helicopter crash that occurred near the Backwoods Music Festival.

Pilot Chuck Dixon of Tulsa, Okla., and two passengers — Sarah Hill of Austin, Texas, and Marco Ornelas of Mexico — died in the helicopter crash. Zachari Peterson of Omaha, Neb., was life-flighted to Tulsa with several life-threatening injuries. 

UPDATE: Three people were killed and another person was injured in Sunday’s helicopter crash north of Cass, Arkansas, according to Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Arkansas State Police  


A helicopter giving sky tours over the Backwoods Music Festival at Mulberry Mountain crashed on Sunday, June 2. 

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says four people were onboard. Police would not comment on the condition of the pilot and passengers.

Search and rescue crews are currently on the scene. 

Police received a report that the helicopter was missing late Sunday afternoon. 

About one hour after the first call came in, rescue crews located the downed helicopter through a cell phone ping from a passenger’s 911 call. 

This is a developing story. 

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