According to Ray Bryant, chief of operations for the Logan Emergency Management Authority, the helicopter crashed on Wednesday in Logan County, close to the boundary between West Virginia and Kentucky.
The pilot, three passengers, and two passengers with pilot ratings all perished in the crash, according to Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, in an email. The names of the victims have not yet been made public.
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At at 4:57 p.m., the helicopter took off from Logan County Airport and crashed on a rural road about 3.7 miles northeast of the airport. According to the NTSB, local time.
According to Knudson, a post-crash fire destroyed a large portion of the wreckage. He stated in an email that neither a cockpit voice recorder nor a flight data recorder were provided or necessary for the Bell UH-1B.
The helicopter was engulfed in flames, and at least one person was trapped inside, according to Bobbi Childs, who lives about a mile from the crash site. She called 911 and rushed to the scene.
She told the broadcaster, “I rushed as fast as I could and I slid under the guardrail and I went up to the aircraft. But the flames were simply so intensely hot.
According to the Heritage Flight Museum in Skagit County, Washington, the Bell UH-1B is a military helicopter with a single turboshaft engine. The aircraft saw action in the Vietnam War after its initial flight in 1956.
According to Knudson, the helicopter that crashed was on its final scheduled flight of the day, and its flight path was different from those used earlier in the day on Wednesday.