West Virginia helicopter crash victims identified


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Emergency personnel look at the view of a helicopter that crashed in Blair, W.Va., Thursday, June 23, 2022. A Vietnam-era helicopter was used for sightseeing flights and crashed along Route 17 in Logan County around 5 p.m. Wednesday. . County Emergency Ambulance Service Director Ray Bryant said all six people on board were killed. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

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West Virginia medical examiners have released the names of six people killed in the crash of a Vietnam-era helicopter that was conducting tours.

The plane crashed Wednesday on its last scheduled flight at an annual meeting for helicopter enthusiasts in Logan County. All six people on board were killed.

The state’s chief medical examiner released the names of the victims on Saturday. They are: John Nagle, 53, of Austin, Texas; Donald Sandhoff, 69, of Durham, North Carolina; Kevin Warren, 51, of Franklin, Tennessee; Carolyn O’Connor, 73, of Winter Garden, Fla.; and Marvin Bledsoe, 64, and Jack Collins, 65, both of Chapmanville, West Virginia.

Rides on the Vietnam-era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter were offered by meeting organizer MARPAT Aviation, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The flight crashed about 6 miles northeast of Logan County Airport. Much of the wreckage was consumed in a post-crash fire, the agency said.

At the meeting, visitors could sign up to ride or fly the historic helicopter, described by organizers as one of the last of its kind still in flight.

The helicopter was flown by the 114th Assault Helicopter Company, “The Knights of the Sky,” in Vinh Long, Vietnam, for much of the 1960s, according to MARPAT. After the Huey returned to the United States, he was featured in films like “Die Hard”, “The Rock”, and “Under Siege: Dark Territory”.

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