Reports: Several people killed in helicopter crash in WVa

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) – Several people were killed on Wednesday when a helicopter crashed in West Virginia, according to news outlets.

The identities were not confirmed, but Ray Bryant, chief of operations for Logan Emergency Management, told WSAZ-TV they were not local residents. The helicopter was stationed at the Logan airport and used for tourist flights, he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Bell UH-1B helicopter crashed near Route 17 in Logan County around 5 p.m. with six people on board. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Bryant said the helicopter was on fire when the crew arrived, and firefighters extinguished the flames. The road is expected to remain closed for at least 24 hours.

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