Three people died and another was injured following a helicopter crash at Backwoods Festival over the weekend.
The festival, held at Mulberry Mountain just outside of Ozark, ended abruptly early Sunday with all remaining sets being canceled as a result of the crash. Three of the four people aboard the helicopter: pilot Chuck Dixon of Tulsa, and two passengers — Sarah Hill of Austin, Texas, and Marco Ornelas of Mexico — died in the crash. Zachari Peterson of Omaha, Neb., was the lone survivor. He was life-flighted to Tulsa with several life-threatening injuries.
Reports state that the pilot of the helicopter was part of a company that was giving sky tours over the festival site. The helicopter crashed shortly after liftoff, according to reports.
Law enforcement officials received a report that the helicopter was missing late Sunday afternoon. Reports state that about an hour after that call came in, rescue crews were able to locate the downed helicopter through a cell phone ping from a passenger’s 911 call.
This year’s bill included nearly 100 acts on four stages. At least two bands, including Zeds Dead and G Jones, canceled their scheduled performances while crews continued to search the area for the helicopter.