Two Dead as Helicopter Crashes Near Norfork Dam

SALESVILLE, AR - Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management officials say two people are dead after a helicopter crashed near the Norfork Dam.

Emergency management officials say a local representative just arrived at the scene of the crash, on the far side of the Norfork Dam in the Overlook Estates area.  Baxter County sheriff's deputies say they received the first call about the downed helicopter before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials say Arkansas Game & Fish Commission officers are responding with off-road vehicles to reach the site.  Deputies say black smoke from the crash could be seen from a distance.

Salesville is about 10 miles southwest of Mountain Home.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)