Autopsy reveals horrifying details of deadly tourist helicopter crash in the Smokies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An autopsy report released in a fatal helicopter crash last month in Sevier County shows the pilot had no alcohol or drugs in his blood.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the autopsy was performed by the Regional Forensic Center in Knoxville and also didn’t list a medical reason the pilot might have lost control of the sightseeing helicopter.

The crash killed the pilot and four passengers.

The report said the pilot was found badly burned and noted a video that showed he was alive after the crash but died at the scene from burns and abdominal bleeding.

The report also said one of the passengers likely died of blunt trauma and the other three from the fire.

National Transportation Safety Board senior safety investigator Luke Schiada said it could take up to a year to determine the crash’s cause.

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