On Wednesday, a Hollywood-used tourist chopper that was being flown by visitors without pilot’s licenses during a vintage helicopter exhibition in West Virginia crashed, killing six people.
The 7th Annual Huey Reunion, a gathering of fans of vintage aviation, featured a flight by a Vietnam-era helicopter that had previously appeared in films including Baywatch, Die Hard, and Outbreak.
According to the event website, attendees at the event, held at the Marpat Aviation school in Logan county, may pay $250 for a 30-minute session to fly the helicopter without a license.
According to the Associated Press, the helicopter, which was reportedly the oldest Bell UH-1B helicopter in existence, crashed close to Route 17 in the state’s southwest. All six passengers on board died.
In his 35 years of employment, Ray Bryant, the chief of operations for the Logan Emergency Ambulance Service Authority, claimed to have never witnessed “collisions of this scale.”
Bryant informed WOWK-TV, a television station in Huntington, Virginia, that “the cockpit of the airplane is burned up.” “The tail boom is sprawled out on the street. Since we could immediately identify it as a local chopper,
Other witnesses claimed to have seen fire and smoke at the scene.
A nearby resident named Bobbi Childs told WOWK-TV that she observed a guy stuck in the airplane but was unable to save him due to the flames.
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“I noticed that a man, I assume the captain, was stuck. I made an effort to descend to the entrance where he was. He was as obvious as day to you. Childs added, “I attempted to reach him, but the fire was too fierce.