Ray Bryant, executive chairman of the Logan Emergency Management Authority, said the plane was used to deliver tourist flights around the area. WSAZ. The helicopter, owned by Marbert Aviation, was part of this week’s annual reunion for enthusiasts of the historic “Hui” aircraft.
The names of the victims have not been released, but Bryant told local media that they do not belong to the area.
According to officials, the cause of the crash is not clear. There was the Logan County Office for Emergency Management Given Heavy thunderstorms lashed the district during the incident.
“After first responders arrived at the scene, they were able to confirm that 6 people had died tragically in the crash,” Sonia Porter, deputy director of emergency management at the Logan County office, told The Washington Post.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board said they were investigating the incident. NDSP Said Sends a team of five investigators and a family support specialist to the scene of the accident.
Mike Holbrook, owner and director of Marpat Aviation, did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Thursday.
The FAA claims that the Bell UH-1B helicopter was manufactured in 1962 and used during the Vietnam War. The crash featured in several movies, including The Hue “Die Heart,” “The Rock” and “Baywatch”.
Seventh-year Huey reunion began on Tuesday and is scheduled to go on until Sunday, according to Marbott’s website. Those who want a historic flight can make a reservation at the airport in Logan County to fly a helicopter without being a pilot, the website says. Those who wanted to fly 30 minutes to refuel needed a $ 250 donation. Those who wish to ride can make a small donation.
“We want all helicopter (especially Huey) enthusiasts to have the opportunity to fly / ride in this historic helicopter,” the website says.
Porter told The Post that in addition to Hui’s reunion, the City of Logan’s Independence Day celebrations are also taking place.
“I don’t know if they are participating in those events or where they came from,” he said.
The helicopter was still on fire when crews arrived on Route 17 near Kelly Hollow shortly after the crash, Bryant told WSAZ. Authorities said the front of the helicopter crashed into a mountain pass through a barrier. Bryant told local media that one of the owners of the helicopter arrived at the scene but did not mention that it was Holbrook.
“Everyone in our district is upset about what happened, and they are saddened by this incident,” Porter said. West Virginia Metro News.
Governor Jim Justice (RW.Va.) Tweeted He and his wife Kathy “pray for the families of those who died in this tragic helicopter crash.”
The road is temporarily closed and it is unclear when it will reopen. WCHS Reported.
Eyewitnesses described the severity of the fire after the crash. Bobby Childs, who lives about a mile from the scene of the helicopter crash, told WSAZ that he saw at least one person trapped on the plane as the flames flew.
“I ran as fast as I could, I went to the guard, I went to the helicopter,” the children said. “But the fire was so hot and so intense that the guy never got out of there.”