Helicopter crash in West Virginia kills 6 people

The downed Vietnam-era helicopter was being used for tourist flights over West Virginia, authorities said.

LOGAN, W.Va. – A Vietnam-era helicopter carrying tourists over West Virginia crashed and burned out, 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 p.m. Wednesday.

All six on board were killed, said Ray Bryant, chief of operations for the Logan County Emergency Medical Services Department. The helicopter crashed on a highway near the local airport in clear weather, he said.

“The entire cabin was on fire,” Bryant said in a phone interview on Thursday.

“He was recognized by first responders as a helicopter from that area because we see him a lot,” he said.

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

“I saw there was a guy trapped there, I’m guessing the captain. I tried to get down to the door where he was. You could see him in daylight. I tried to get to him but the fire was too hot. I couldn’t reach him,” Childs told WOWK-TV.

The helicopter is based at nearby Logan Airport and will be used for tourist flights, Bryant told WSAZ-TV.

The road should remain closed for at least 24 hours. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. Helicopter crash in West Virginia kills 6 people

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