The pilot of a Duke Energy helicopter was killed Wednesday in a crash that left two others injured, officials said.
Rockingham County Emergency Services said the helicopter crashed near the Dan River Combined Cycle Station in a wooded area outside of Eden, N.C. around 1:55 p.m. ET.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the crash of a Bell 429 helicopter and said they were in the process of assessing the accident on Thursday. The agency also said they would be assisting the National Transportation Safety Board with their investigation of the incident.
A total of three people were aboard the corporate chopper at the time of the crash.
Officials said two passengers were able to escape the fiery wreckage. Rockingham County EMS sent the two survivors to separate hospitals. One passenger was taken by ambulance to UNC-Rockingham and the second was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Health Care in Winston-Salem. Their conditions were unknown on Thursday afternoon.
Duke Energy acknowledged the crash in a statement, but didn’t provided any additional details.