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Several people died after helicopter crash in West Virginia: reports

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Several people were killed when a helicopter crashed in West Virginia on Wednesday, news reports said.

The identities have not been confirmed, but Ray Bryant, chief operating officer for Logan Emergency Management, told WSAZ-TV they were not local residents.

The Vietnam-era helicopter was based at Logan Airport and used for sightseeing flights, he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Bell UH-1B helicopter crashed near Route 17 in Logan County around 5 p.m. with six people on board. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Bryant said the helicopter was on fire when crews arrived and firefighters extinguished the flames. The road was to remain closed for at least 24 hours.

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