Authorities say six people were killed in a helicopter crash in Logan County, southwest Virginia, on Wednesday evening.
The Bell UH-1B helicopter crashed at about 5 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Sonia Porter, deputy director of emergency management at the Logan County office, told CNN that the helicopter, known as the Hui, crashed on a rural road.
Ray Bryant, executive chairman of the Logan Emergency Management Authority, said the Vietnam War-time helicopter was stationed outside the Logan County airport and was used to deliver tourist flights. CNN subsidiary WSAZ.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they saw the helicopter on fire and extinguished the fire, Bryant said.
Bobby Childs, who lives about a mile from the crash site, called 911 and rushed to the scene when he saw the helicopter begin to go out of control, he said. CNN subsidiary WSAZ. When she got there, she saw at least one person trapped in the helicopter, which exploded into a fire.
“I ran as fast as I could, I went to the guard, I went to the helicopter,” he told the WSAZ. “But the fire was so hot and so intense that the guy never got out of there.”
After the crash, one of the owners showed up at the scene, Bryant told WSAZ, although he did not name the owner.
A Wednesday night tweetGovernor Jim Justice said: “Kathy and I are praying for the families of those who died in this tragic helicopter crash.”
Logan County is located near the Kentucky border.
The FAA said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the crash.