Helicopter crash in Bahamas kills 7 Americans, including billionaire

Chris Cline, once called the "king of coal," took off with his group from Big Grand Cay for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, around 2 a.m., authorities said.
1:27 | 07/05/19

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the gunman, who they believe is driving a light-colored SUV. Thank you. Next tonight to the chopper crash killing seven in the Bahamas. Sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Here's Victor Oquendo. Reporter: Tonight, investigators in the Bahamas sifting through the underwater wreckage of the helicopter crash that killed seven Americans including West Virginia billionaire Chris cline. The man dubbed the king of coal and his group, took off from big grand cay abaco for ft. Lauderdale aund 2:00 A.M. Thursday because of a medical emergency. The helicopter reported missing just before 3:00 P.M. Residents of grand key, hours later, discovering the downed aircraft overturned in 16 feet of water. Its tail and rotors gone. Because the wreckage was found in shallow water, mishap investigators should have a pretty good idea of what went wrong. Reporter: Cline founded one of the nation's top coal companies and donated $1 million to president trump's 2017 inauguration. Two other men and four women were on board with him, including his daughter Kameron and three friends. The cline family releasing a statement saying "Chris was one of West Virginia's strongest sons, an American original, full of grit, integrity, intelligence, and humor." Adding, "Our sister Kameron was a bright light." A bahamian salvage team is working on recovering the helicopter before transporting it here to Florida for inspection. Today would have been cline's 61st birthday. Cecilia? Thank you.

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