Bahamas helicopter crash – U.S. coal tycoon and billionaire Christopher Cline was among the 7 people killed in the crash, media reported, citing U.S. officials.
The Royal Bahamas Police Force was notified at 2:53 p.m. local time (18:53 GMT) on Thursday that a helicopter flying from the island of Big Grand Cay in the Bahamas had not arrived at its destination in Florida, according to the BNO News international news agency.
The helicopter was discovered overturned in shallow waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the Bahamas after the crash, following a three-hour search.
“The bodies of four females and three males were retrieved from the aircraft,” police spokeswoman Terecita Pinder was quoted as saying by the media outlet.
The coal tycoon, Christopher Cline has been identified as one of the victims, while the Register-Herald newspaper said that one of the tycoon’s daughters was also on board the helicopter.
The identities of the other five crash victims were not immediately known, but police said all of them were US citizens.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice confirmed Cline’s death on Twitter but offered no details on how it happened.
“Today we lost a WV superstar and I lost a very close friend. Our families go back to the beginning of the Cline empire – Pioneer Fuel. Chris Cline built an empire and on every occasion was always there to give. What a wonderful, loving, and giving man,” Justice said.
“Cathy and I are praying for his family and all those involved in this tragedy,” Justice said.