The Arkansas National Guard said one of its helicopters hit a power line in Van Buren County, causing a power failure Wednesday night.
Officials said a three-person crew, based out of Camp Robinson, was conducting a training flight north of Clinton about 8 p.m. when the helicopter's landing gear hit and cut the power lines, which caused a failure of about two hours in the area.
Officials say no one was hurt in the accident, and full extent of the damage is unknown but is under investigation.
Petit Jean Electric Cooperative Chief Executive Officer Bill Conine said several thousand customers were without power Wednesday night, and the helicopter is believed to be the cause of the outage. Conine said the line that was hit by the helicopter was not a Petit Jean power line, but an Entergy transmission line.
Conine said about 13,000 customers were initially without power in the area about 8 p.m. Wednesday, but after crews responded, the number decreased to about 8,000 without power. Conine said some customers were without power for less than five minutes, and that it took crews around two hours to restore power to all customers.