Helicopter crash off Bahamas kills 7 Americans

Helicopter crash off Bahamas. American billionaire dies in helicopter crash in the Bahamas

Seven people died in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas, US media reports, citing local police. American billionaire Chris Cline, who got rich by his interests in the production of coal, and his daughter are among the victims.

The helicopter was traveling from Big Grand Cay Island to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The causes of the accident are not yet known.

A helicopter crashed off the Bahamas Thursday, killing all seven people on board, a Bahamian official confirmed to CBS News. The aircraft had departed from Grand Cay island and was heading to Fort Lauderdale, said Capt. Delvin Major, the Aviation Safety Inspector and Air Accident Investigator with the Bahamas Civil Aviation Department.

The Associated Press reported all seven people on board were Americans. All the bodies were being transported to Freeport, the main city on Grand Bahama.

Bahamian police did not provide a cause of the crash but said an investigation with civil aviation authorities was underway. Major said his agency was working with a lot of entities in the investigation.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tweeted that one of the victims was Chris Cline, who the Register-Herald newspaper in Beckley, West Virginia, described as a “billionaire mining entrepreneur,” ”coal tycoon” and “benefactor to southern West Virginia.”

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