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Helicopter crash results in fatality

A helicopter crash near Portia early Friday morning resulted in one fatality, according to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Yates.

While the pilot was not injured, a worker on the ground, later identified as Thomas Weisenbach, 51, of Walnut Ridge, was seriously injured and transported to a Memphis hospital, where he later died.

The agricultural helicopter had been loading chemicals to spray on a rice field and was taking off around 7:15 a.m. when it made contact with a supply truck.

The accident remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Weisenbach's funeral mass is today at 11 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church at Engelberg.

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