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6 dead after Vietnam-era helicopter crashes in West Virginia – NBC News

Six people are dead after a helicopter crashed in Logan County, West Virginia, on Wednesday, authorities said.

The helicopter involved in the incident was a Vietnam-era aircraft being used for tourism purposes, according to a local NBC affiliate.

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

As first responders arrived on the scene, they were able to confirm that six people had been killed in the crash, it said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Bell UH-1B helicopter had crashed near Route 17 in Logan County.

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A Bell UH-1 helicopter, similar to the one that crashed in W.Va. Sean Gallup / Getty Images file

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

He told The New York Times that the helicopter’s tail number was N98F.

The N98F was being featured this week at the 7th annual Huey Reunion, organized by Marpat Aviation at Logan County Airport, with aviation enthusiasts able to ride in or fly the helicopter for a donation, according to Marpat’s website. The event was meant to run from Tuesday through Sunday.

According to the website, the N98F was used during the Vietnam War and has since appeared in a number of films, including “Die Hard,” “The Rock” and “Baywatch.” NBC News has contacted Marpat for comment.

A number of agencies, including the FAA, the West Virginia State Police and the National Highway Safety responded to Wednesday’s crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading an investigation into the incident, the Logan County Office of Emergency Management said.

CORRECTION (June 23, 2022, 8:33 a.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated the location of NBC affiliate WSAZ-TV. It is in Huntington, West Virginia, not Huntington Beach.