Six dead after helicopter crashed into mountain and caught fire
A helicopter carrying six people crashed into a mountainside in West Virginia and burst into flames with emergency crews confirming none of the passengers on board survived
Image: WSAZ/Matt Lackritz)
A helicopter with six people on board has crashed in the mountains of West Virginia, and none of the passengers have been confirmed to have survived.
The incident happened on Kelly Mountain near Route 17, also known as Blair Mountain Highway, in Logan County.
Ray Bryant, the chief operating officer for the Logan Emergency Management Authority, confirmed there were no survivors with the victims yet to be named although they were not local.
The helicopter was a Bell UH-1B model, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed, which is nicknamed the Huey and is a military aircraft that saw heavy use during the Vietnam War.
It took off from Logan Airport and was used for sightseeing flights.
Authorities have yet to identify what was wrong with the plane.
Mr. Bryant said the helicopter crashed on Route 17 and was on fire when crews arrived at the scene. He added that one of the helicopter’s owners was with emergency services during the incident.
“Everyone is saddened that this happened in our county, and they are upset about the incident,” said Sonya Porter, assistant director of the Logan County Office of Emergency Management. WVMetroNews.
The US National Transport Safety Board said: “The NTSB is dispatching a team of five investigators and a family assistance specialist to the site of today’s Bell UH-1B crash in Logan, West Virginia.”
The road is expected to remain closed for at least 24 hours and is blocked off about a mile from the incident, with people urged to avoid the area.
The Logan County Emergency Management Office posted on Facebook: “Please note that WV RT 17 near Kelly Hollow is temporarily closed due to a helicopter crash in Logan County. It is unknown for when the roadway can reopen.”
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice tweeted that he and his wife were praying for the families involved.
He wrote: “Cathy and I are praying for the families of those killed in this tragic helicopter crash.”