Bahamas police: 7 Americans killed in helicopter crash

Bahamas police: 7 Americans killed in helicopter crash

Cline would have turned 61 on Friday.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) told the Register-Herald newspaper that Cline was among the dead and went on Twitter to call Cline "a W.Va. superstar" and "a very close friend".

Chris Cline poses for a portrait in a coal mine in Carlinville, Ill., in 2010. "What a wonderful, loving, and giving man".

Cline's daughter Kamie Conover was also among those killed, according to reports.


"He was a young man", Glasser said.

Cline, whose net worth was $1.8 billion, according to Forbes, was remembered as a generous and enterprising spirit.

A statement from the Royal Bahamas Police Force said the helicopter went missing shortly after leaving Big Grand Cay and authorities and local residents later found the crash site two miles off Grand Cay.

Authorities began searching for the copter after police received a report from Florida that Cline's helicopter failed to arrive in Fort Lauderdale as expected on Thursday, Bahamas Police Supt.


The Bahamas Air Accident Investigation Department said the seven people onboard the Augusta SPA Helicopter, registration N31CC, died of "fatal injuries" in the crash but did not identify those who died.

The West Virginian 60-year-old was hours away from celebrating his birthday before the fatal collision.

The piece captured his opulence: A mansion in West Virginia with a man-made lake big enough to waterski on and a pasture that included a while stallion stud name Fabio. "His life's story was one of hard work, love of family and caring support for others". He rapidly rose through the industry ranks, founding an energy development group, the Cline Group, in 1990.

"Our hearts are heavy with the bad news this evening of the passing of prominent Son of Marshall Chris Cline", Marshall University President Jerome A.


In 2010, Bloomberg dubbed Cline the "New King Coal". Federal records show he gave the president's inaugural committee $1 million in 2017 and spread thousands more to conservative groups as well as committees representing prominent Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Florida Sen. Before Trump was elected president, Cline originally donated to a different Republican - Jeb Bush - making a $1 million contribution to a super-PAC supporting Bush's campaign. Officials were able to recover the aircraft and located the bodies of four females and three males inside. He established The Cline Family Foundation, which in 2011 gave $5 million to West Virginia University to endow a chair in orthopedic surgery and build a basketball practice facility.

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