Authorities in Minnesota said Thursday that multiple people were killed in a helicopter crash.
According to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, officers were called to a report of a crash in a field in Lino Lakes at around 5:30 p.m.
“What the officers discovered, a helicopter crashed in the field,” Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Paul Sommer said. “There is basically wreckage. There’s not a lot I can tell you about the crash scene. There’s a large fireball, wreckage.”
Officials didn’t give a specific death total.
Witnesses said they saw the helicopter and then heard a large “pop” or a “bang,” Sommer said. They said that the helicopter’s rotor appeared to stop suddenly and the aircraft was seen falling out of the sky, he added.
The FAA and NTSB were investigating the wreck.
“We don’t know what kind of aircraft this was. We can’t identify much based on what remains in the field. It’s basically charred up debris,” Sommer said.
Authorities ask if anyone finds debris from the crash to turn it into investigators.
“This is a horrible tragedy,” Sommer said. “I can’t begin to describe what that scene looks like.”