The daughter of a Brenham photographer was killed along with two others in a helicopter crash Sunday in Arkansas.

Sarah Hill
(courtesy photo)

Sarah Hill, daughter of Scott Hill with the Brenham Portrait Gallery, was taking an aerial tour while working at a music festival in the Ozark Mountains in western Arkansas, when their helicopter crashed, killing her, the pilot, and another passenger.  Hill was 24 years old.

Also killed were pilot Chuck Dickson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and fellow festival worker Marco Ornelas of Mexico.  According to Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen, another passenger was airlifted to an Oklahoma hospital in critical condition.

A spokesman for Arkansas State Police said the helicopter was found about 500 yards south of the Backwoods Music Festival grounds on Mulberry Mountain, considered popular for multiday camping and music events.

Backwoods organizers posted on the festival’s Facebook page, saying these three were “incredibly hard working and loved by our festival community”.

The helicopter was operated by Tulsa County Helicopters, based in Oklahoma.  Last month, the festival’s website featured an interview with the company's operator, who said it would offer six-minute helicopter rides for $40 per person.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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