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6 people were dead after a Vietnam-era helicopter crashed in West Virginia

6 people were dead after a Vietnam-era helicopter crashed in West Virginia
Image: A Bell UH-1D helicopter, similar to that of yesterday's crash, in W.Va. Sean Gallup / Getty 

Six people were killed when a helicopter crashed in Logan County, West Virginia, on Wednesday, according to authorities.

According to a local reporter, the helicopter involved in the incident was a Vietnam-era aircraft used for tourism purposes.

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

A Bell UH-1B helicopter crashed near Route 17 in Logan County, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ray Bryant, the chief of operations for the Logan Emergency Ambulance Service Authority and a witness to the crash, told WSAZ-TV, an NBC News affiliate based in Huntington Beach, West Virginia, that the Vietnam-era Huey helicopter was being used for tourism flights.

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

According to Marpat Aviation's website, the N98F was on display this week at the 7th Annual Huey Reunion at Logan County Airport, where aviation enthusiasts could ride in or fly the plane for a donation. The event was supposed to last from Tuesday to Sunday.
6 people were dead after a Vietnam-era helicopter crashed in West Virginia
Emergency crew close the road near where a helicopter crashed near Route 17 along Blair Mountain, W.Va on Wednesday.via WSAZ

The N98F was used during the Vietnam War, according to Marpat's website, and has since appeared in a number of films, including "Die Hard," "The Rock," and "Baywatch." reporter News has reached out to Marpat for comment.

The Federal Aviation Administration, West Virginia State Police, and the National Highway Safety Administration all responded to the crash on Wednesday. According to the Logan County Office of Emergency Management, the National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation into the incident.

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