Sevierville, TN Tourist Bell 206 Helicopter Crash – Smoky Mountains
- Date: April 5, 2016
- Location: Sevierville, Tennessee, USA
- Type of Aircraft: Bell 206 LongRanger
- Operator: Smoky Mountain Helicopters
- Type of Incident: Ground Strike
- Total Passengers: 5
- Injuries: 0
- Fatalities: 5
(Sevierville, TN Tuesday, April 5, 2016) A Bell 206 LongRanger tourist/sightseeing helicopter operated by Smoky Mountain Helicopters crashed and exploded on impact, killing the pilot and all 4 passangers onboard. The crash occured in Sevierville, TN, a primarily tourist desination located near Smoky Mountain National Park, Pigeon Forge, and DollyWood Amusement Park.
THE NTSB stated that it could take as long as a year to accurately ascertain the cause of the accident.
According to experts, the Bell 206 is statistically the world’s safest aircraft of any type.