6 dead in Vietnam-era helicopter crash in West Virginia
Six people were killed after a helicopter crashed in Logan County, West Virginia, on Wednesday, authorities said.
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.
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.
The Federal Aviation Administration said a Bell UH-1B helicopter crashed near Route 17 in Logan County.
Ray Bryant, who was at the scene and is chief of operations for Logan Ambulance Emergency Service, WSAZ-TV saidLtd., a subsidiary of NBC News and is headquartered in Huntington Beach, West Virginia, reported that the Vietnam-era Huey helicopter was used for cruise tours.
Bryant said New York times That helicopter’s tail number was N98F.
The N98F was shown this week at the seventh annual Huey Reunion Gala, organized by Marpat Aviation at Logan County Airport, where aviation enthusiasts can board or fly for a donation, according to the Marpat . site. The event was supposed to run from Tuesday to Sunday.
According to Marpat’s website, the N98F was used during the Vietnam War and has since appeared in a number of films, including “Die Hard,” “The Rock,” and “Baywatch.” NBC News has contacted Marpat for comment.
A number of agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, West Virginia State Police and National Highway Safety, responded to Wednesday’s crash. The Logan County Office of Emergency Management said the National Transportation Safety Board is leading an investigation into the accident.