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6 dead after Vietnam-era helicopter crash in West Virginia


Six people died after a helicopter crashed in Logan County, West Virginia on Wednesday, authorities said.

The helicopter involved in the incident was a Vietnam-era aircraft used for tourist purposes, according to a local NBC affiliate.

The Logan County Emergency Management Office said the crash was reported around 4:45 p.m. near Kelly Hollow.

When first responders arrived at the scene, they were able to confirm that six people had been killed in the crash, he added.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Bell UH-1B helicopter crashed near Route 17 in Logan County.

Ray Bryant, who was at the scene of the crash and is the chief of operations for the Logan Emergency Ambulance Service Authority, told WSAZ-TV, an NBC News affiliate based in Huntington Beach, West Virginia, that the Vietnamese-era Huey helicopter was used for sightseeing flights.

The emergency crew is closing the road near where a helicopter crashed near Route 17 along Blair Mountain, W.Va on Wednesday.via WSAZ

Bryant told The New York Times that the helicopter’s tail number was N98F.

The N98F was showcased this week at the 7th Annual Huey Reunion, hosted by Marpat Aviation at Logan County Airport, with aviation enthusiasts able to ride or fly the plane for a donation, according to the Marpat’s website. The event was to take place 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 reached out to 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 National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident, the Logan County Office of Emergency Management said.

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