Reports: Six people die in helicopter crash in West Virginia

The helicopter crashed in clear weather on a highway near the local airport, he said.The entire cab of it was on fire, Bryant said in a phone interview Thursday.It was recognised by the first responders as being a helicopter from this area because we see it a lot, he said.Bobbi Childs, who lives nearby, saw smoke and flames and got close enough to see a man who was trapped.I saw that there was a guy trapped, I guess the captain.


PTI | Charleston | Updated: 23-06-2022 19:53 IST | Created: 23-06-2022 19:31 IST
Reports: Six people die in helicopter crash in West Virginia
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A Vietnam-era helicopter that carried tourists over West Virginia crashed and burned, killing all six people on board, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Bell UH-1B helicopter crashed along Route 17 in Logan County around 5 pm Wednesday.

All six on board were killed, said Ray Bryant, chief of operations for Logan County emergency ambulance service authority. The helicopter crashed in clear weather on a highway near the local airport, he said.

"The entire cab of it was on fire," Bryant said in a phone interview Thursday.

"It was recognised by the first responders as being a helicopter from this area because we see it a lot," he said.

Bobbi Childs, who lives nearby, saw smoke and flames and got close enough to see a man who was trapped.

"I saw that there was a guy trapped, I guess the captain. I tried to get down to the door where he was at. You could see him plain as day. I tried to get to him, but the fire was too hot. I couldn't get to him," Childs told WOWK-TV.

The helicopter was based at the nearby Logan airport and used for tourism flights, Bryant told WSAZ-TV.

The road was expected to remain closed for at least 24 hours. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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