EDEN, N.C. — One person was killed and two others were injured when a Duke Energy helicopter crashed in a wooded area near homes in Eden on Wednesday afternoon, according to Rockingham County Emergency Services.
The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of South Edgewood Road and Rosewood Lane.
Two passengers in the helicopter were able to escape the wreckage and Rockingham County EMS made contact with them.
One passenger was taken by ambulance to UNC-Rockingham and the second passenger was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Their conditions are not known at this time.
The two passengers reported a third member, the pilot, who was not immediately located.
The helicopter was engulfed in flames and firefighters worked to put the fire out. Once the fire was out and the scene was safe to approach, responders found the pilot of the helicopter dead.
Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration is on scene conducting the investigation into the cause of the crash.
Tomorrow, the FAA will be joined by the National Transportation Safety Board who will assist with the investigation and the removal of the wreckage.
An environmental cleaning agency has also been contacted to assist with any environmental impacts from the crash and the subsequent fire suppression.