Six people were killed after a Vietnam-era Bell UH-1B helicopter crashed in Logan County in southwest West Virginia, near the border with Kentucky, on Wednesday evening. The helicopter crashed onto state Route 17 along Blair Mountain rural roadway. It was reported on fire and fire crews arrived on scene to extinguish the flames. The road was blocked off about a mile from the crash site. People are asked to avoid the area. Gov. Jim Justice said: “Cathy and I are praying for the families of those killed in this tragic helicopter crash.” The victims’ identities have not been released but were reportedly not from the area. The helicopter was used for tourism flights.
The reason behind the crash remains unclear but according to Logan County’s office of emergency management, there was a severe thunderstorm watch for the area at the time of the incident. The FAA said the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident. Online resources show that the Bell UH-1B helicopter is nicknamed the “Huey” and was extensively used during military operations. Now it flew from Logan airport.