six dead in eastern helicopter crash

The aircraft, a Bell UH-1B, crashed near a road on Wednesday, according to authorities in the state of West Virginia.

A Vietnam War-era helicopter used for sightseeing flights crashed in a rural area of ​​the US state of West Virginia on Wednesday, killing all six people on board, authorities said. local media.

The FAA, the US civil aviation regulator, said it would investigate with the US transportation safety agency, the NTSB, the crash which happened late Wednesday afternoon and the cause of which was not yet known.

The aircraft was used for tourist flights

“We are confirming six deaths,” Ray Bryant, chief operating officer of the Logan County Office of Emergency Management, said Thursday. The aircraft, a Bell UH-1B, crashed near a road, authorities said.

The helicopter, based at a nearby airport and used for sightseeing flights, was on fire when rescuers arrived, Ray Bryant told WSAZ. Local resident Bobbi Childs told WOWK-TV that she rushed to the scene after seeing flames and smoke.

“I saw that there was a man trapped, I imagine (it was) the captain (…). I tried to get to him, but the fire was too strong. I could not reach him“, she said, quoted by the chain.

The Bell UH-1B, nicknamed the “Huey”, was developed in the 1950s and used extensively by the US military during the Vietnam War.

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