6 dead after Vietnam-era
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. – 6 dead after Vietnam-era helicopter crashes in West Virginia Wednesday evening, said Ray Bryant, the chief of operations for the Logan Emergency Ambulance Authority.
A local NBC affiliate said the helicopter involved in the accident was a Vietnam-era aircraft used for tourism purposes.
The Logan County Office of Emergency Management said the incident was reported around 4:45 p.m. near Kelly Hollow.
The identities of the victims have not been confirmed, but Bryant said the passengers were not local.
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He said the helicopter, a Bell UH-1B, is a Vietnam-era Huey based out of Logan Airport and used for tourist flights.
She added that with the arrival of the first responders to the scene, they were able to confirm that six people were killed in the accident.
Bryant said at this time that the exact error that occurred during the flight had not been confirmed.
The helicopter crashed on Route 17 along Mount Blair.
Bryant said the fire started when crews arrived at the scene and firefighters put out the flames.
Bryant said one of the helicopter’s owners appeared at the scene after the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
The road was closed about a mile from the crash site.