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The helicopter came down at around 3.30pm Monday, killing all on board
It crashed in Pigeon Forge, under a mile from a residential neighborhood It started a forest fire that went 'across the top of a nearby mountain'
The fire had been mostly contained by 8.45pm
The crash was reported to have caused at least two explosions.
About four hours after the crash, more than a dozen emergency vehicles were at the site, which is less than a mile from a large outlet mall in Sevierville and adjacent to a neighborhood off the main tourist drag. The site is about three miles from Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park.
No foul play is suspected in the deaths of Jon Levin, 63 of Oak Ridge, and Myra Smith-Findell, 62, of Corbin, Kentucky. An autopsy will determine how they died. Gatlinburg police officers discovered their bodies Saturday morning at a rental cabin owned by Gatlinburg Falls Resort.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) — The Gatlinburg Police Department says they received a call after 5:30 p.m. Monday reporting that someone had fallen from the Space Needle.
The street below the Space Needle was closed for hours.
Officers say a man in his late fifties jumped from the observation deck around 5:40 Monday night. Hundreds of people were nearby but police did not report that anyone else was hurt.
Typically, Local 8 News does not report on suicides, but because hundreds of people were impacted by what happened, it became necessary to report.
Jonny Bryant said, “It’s a pretty dramatic incident. You know, when I came into work today, I didn’t think I would see a body laying on the sidewalk and then, having to deal with that the rest of the night.”
Mans name is David Ray Pinyan, he could have been pushe/helped over that railin. He was a know and convicted conartist haveing gained peoples trust claiming to be a Christian befriending them and then taking their money, hundreds of thousands of dollars. He knowingly targeted Christiains and I assume thats the only reason he was alive this long. He for sure took a cowards way out by jumping off the tower just thankful he didn't hurt anyone while doing his death leap. Good bye....
Witnesses say the arcade building caught some of the man’s fall, and they’re thankful no one below was hurt.
originally posted by: Jakal26
A crazy week indeed, for such a relatively small place.
I've been taking note as I've spent a lot of time there on various vacations, extended and short. I don't live too far from there, matter of fact. A few hours drive.
The place has really been booming over the last decade, growing all the time.
I imagine the more people you put in one small place, the more you'll have stuff like this. Just a case of numbers, really.
The helicopter crash could have been a lot worse, that is for sure. That mall and the strip around it is always full of people and the street full of traffic with no where to run to, even if you saw it coming and had a chance to react (doubt it, but still...wouldn't really matter)
RIP to the dead. Hopefully it's the end of this "streak"......