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UPDATE: Victim's name released in helicopter crash death

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PORTIA, AR (KAIT) -

MAY 14 UPDATE: The name of the man who died in Friday's helicopter crash has been released.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Yates, the name of the man is Thomas Weisenbach.


One person flown from a helicopter crash in Lawrence County Friday morning has died.

A person on the ground injured at the time of the crash died, according to Lawrence County Office of Emergency Management Director Buddy Williams.

The person was initially in serious condition when flown from the scene to a Memphis hospital after being hit by flying parts from the helicopter, Williams said.

The pilot was not injured.

Farmhands were reportedly loading the helicopter belonging to Hammock Flying Services when it came down on the front part of the truck during the loading process.

Lawrence County Dispatch was called around 7:15 a.m. to the crash at Penn Farms near Lawrence County Road 504 in Portia

Williams says the incident appears to have been an accident. The cause of the crash has not been determined.

Members of the Federal Aviation Administration are en route from Little Rock to investigate, but Williams says that is routine.

This is not the first crash involving Hammock Flying Services.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, aircraft with the company were involved in a crash in June 2006 and July 2015.

In 2006 an agricultural airplane crashed while making an emergency landing near Minturn. The pilot reported a lose of power and that the aircraft was low on fuel.

Investigators also found minimal fuel on board.

The 2015 incident involved a helicopter hitting a truck in DeQueen.

NTSB found the pilot's "failure to conduct helicopter performance planning" caused the crash.

Read the full report about the 2015 crash, here.

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