Three Dead in Helicopter Crash at Backwoods Music Festival Three Dead in Helicopter Crash at Backwoods Music Festival
Three people died and another was injured following a helicopter crash at Backwoods Festival over the weekend. The festival, held at Mulberry Mountain just... Three Dead in Helicopter Crash at Backwoods Music Festival

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.

Justin Bates

Justin co-founded FayetteSound in 2016 and ShindigMusic! in the summer of 2017. He is a Pearl Jam enthusiast and avid collector of music from all genres in all formats, with a particular preference for vinyl. He's the spouse of artist Stacy, of Stacy Bee Art fame.