Apalchicola Bound Chopper Crashes in Georgia

The helicopter went down around 5:45 a.m. about 80 feet behind a house.

Killed were the pilot, Wyatt Zane Rogers, 27, and two passengers, Kendall and Kelly Loudermilk of Spartanburg, S.C.

The Chartered Robinson R44 helicopter had taken off around 3 a.m. and was headed to the Apalachicola, Florida airport in Franklin County. The Loudermilks’ planned to attend a funeral there.

County Sheriff Larry Waller said it appeared the chopper came straight down and crashed into a wooded area.

All three people were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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