Helicopter pulled from Fox River, 1 dead

A helicopter being pulled out of the Fox River after it crashed Saturday, June 9, 2018, according to officials. (WLUK/Jerry Van Handel)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- One person is dead after a helicopter crashed into the Fox River, in Oshkosh, Saturday afternoon.

Multiple eyewitnesses tell FOX 11 they saw the helicopter hit power lines and crash into the river around 12:30 pm.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the crash occurred east of the Wisconsin Street bridge.

During a news conference Saturday, an official said, "It happened very quickly and we have several witnesses that all saw the same thing happen very, very fast and until we get down there we can't confirm any of that."


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Just after 4:30 p.m., a dive team entered the water. Officials said power lines in the water made it difficult at first and power officials had to made it clear the power lines weren't live.

A little after 7 p.m. the helicopter was pulled from the river and officials said they recovered a body. Officials do not believe anyone else was in the helicopter.

The FAA and the NTSB is in charge of the investigation.

Boats are not allowed in the area because a power company is stringing a power line across the river.

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