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At least six killed after helicopter crashes in Virginia

The aircraft crashed on a rural road in Logan County in southwestern West Virginia

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June 23, 2022 9:14am

Updated: June 23, 2022 12:19pm

At least six people were killed after a helicopter crashed on Wednesday evening on a highway in Logan County, southwest West Virginia.

The Bell UH-1B helicopter went down around 5 p.m. local time, according to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) statement picked up by CNN.

"The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate what happened," the text states.

The helicopter, from the Vietnam War era, was based at the Logan County Airport, but offered sightseeing flights, Ray Bryant, chief operating officer of the Logan Emergency Management Authority, told WSAZ.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice regretted the incident and sent condolences to the families of the deceased. 

"Cathy and I are praying for the families of those killed in this tragic helicopter crash," Justice wrote on his Twitter account.

 

This new accident comes almost 24 hours after a plane caught fire at Miami International Airport during landing.

According to authorities, when Red Air Flight 203 touched down, the front landing gear blew out.

The plane had taken off from Santo Domingo at 3:30 in the afternoon and landed in Miami two hours later.

At the moment of the accident, the back of the plane started to catch fire, and a large cloud of smoke surrounded the plane. Authorities immediately rushed to extinguish the fire, which they did within minutes.

The panic-stricken passengers fled as best they could through the emergency doors. Fortunately, only three people had to be hospitalized with minor injuries.

Videos shared on social media show some passengers crying, hugging their loved ones and showing how grateful they were to be alive.