Authorities have released the names of those killed in the tragic helicopter crash at Backwoods music festival at Mulberry Mountain in Arkansas. The pilot, Chuck Dickson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, lost his life in the crash, along with two festival workers, Sarah Hill of Austin, Texas, and Marco Ornelas of Mexico.
The sightseeing helicopter was due for arrival at 7 pm on Sunday and never made its way back. Sadly, it ultimately went down not far from the landing site at Mulberry Mountain. Officials caught up to the crash around 8 pm and an investigation is still currently underway.
Backwoods released a heartfelt statement following the crash:
Today, our hearts rest with our three team members, friends, and family of ours, who passed yesterday. These three individuals were incredibly hard working and loved by our festival community, and wanted to continuously improve the experience for you, as well as others who attended every year. The fourth individual who was involved in the helicopter crash was a beloved Backwoods attendee, and thankfully, we have report from the local Sherrif, is now stable and on the road to recovery after an intense rescue effort last night. We thank you for understanding that we were unable to run the stages with lights and lasers during the air rescue which ensued late into the night, or sound due to radio interference. Call your loved ones today, and please tell them you love them.
A GoFundMe has since been started up in honor of one of the victims, Hill and her family. She’s described as a person who “radiated with love and compassion.” So far, over $6,000 of the $15,000 goal has been raised.
Read on with a statement from her father, Scott Hill, and donate here.
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