Deputy, soldier killed in helicopter crash in rural Tennessee

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A Marion County deputy and a Tennessee Highway Patrol soldier died Tuesday after their helicopter collided with a power line and crashed into a wooded area, officials said.

“A Bell 206 helicopter collided with a power line and crashed into a wooded area on Mount Etna near Whiteside, Tenn., at about 4 p.m. today. There were two people on board,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. “The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates.”

Tennessee Highway Patrol Captain Travis Plotter said during a press conference that a plane went down and it was “a tough day for us”.

“What would I ask, … please give the family their privacy as we move forward,” he said. “Today is a very sad day for law enforcement. We appreciate all your support and your patience.”

Plotzer said the investigation is in the “infant stage”. He didn’t ask any questions.

ABC News’ Matt Foster contributed to this report.

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