Reports: Six people die in helicopter crash in West Virginia

LOGAN, West Virginia — Six people were killed when a helicopter crashed in West Virginia on Wednesday, authorities said.

The Vietnam-era helicopter was based at Logan Airport and used for sightseeing flights, Logan County Emergency Management Office operations chief Ray Bryant told WSAZ-TV. All six people on board were killed, deputy office manager Sonya Porter told WCHS-TV.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Bell UH-1B helicopter crashed near Route 17 in Logan County around 5 p.m.

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

“I saw there was a guy stuck, I guess the captain. I tried to go down to the door where he was. You could see it clear as day. I tried to reach it, but the fire was too hot. I couldn’t reach it,” Childs told WOWK-TV.

Firefighters arrived to put out the flames, Bryant said.

“The plane’s cockpit is burned out,” Bryant told WOWK-TV. “The tail boom is laid across the road. It is recognizable, we knew it was a local helicopter. »

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

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