West Virginia helicopter crash: 6 dead after helicopter crashed on road near Route 17 in Logan County

Written by Javed Iqbal

The Bell UH-1B helicopter crashed around 5 p.m., according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The chopper, known as a Huey, crashed onto a country road, Logan County Office of Emergency Management Deputy Director Sonya Porter told CNN.

The Vietnam War-era helicopter was based from Logan County Airport and was used to fly tourists, said Ray Bryant, Logan Emergency Management Authority, chief of operations. CNN affiliate WSAZ.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found that the helicopter had gone up in flames and extinguished the fire, Bryant said.

Bobbi Childs, who lives about a mile from the crash site, called 911 and hurried to the scene when she saw the helicopter begin to break out of control, she said. CNN affiliate WSAZ. When she got there, she saw that at least one person was trapped in the helicopter, which had broken out in flames, she said.

“I ran as fast as I could and I went under the crash barrier and I went up to the helicopter,” she told WSAZ. “But the fire was just so hot, so intense, and that guy didn’t come from there.”

After the crash, one of the owners showed up at the scene, Bryant told WSAZ, though he did not name the owner.

In a tweet Wednesday nightsaid Governor Jim Justice: “Cathy and I pray for the families of those killed in this tragic helicopter crash.”

Logan County is near the border with Kentucky.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident, the FAA said.

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