ABC NEWS – Article By MARK OSBORNE
Billionaire coal executive Chris Cline was killed in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas on Thursday.
BAHAMAS, 5th July 2019 – Cline, who founded the Cline Group and later Foresight Energy and built himself into one of the preeminent coal producers in the country, was one of seven people on a helicopter that crashed near Grand Cay on the Fourth of July, according to his lawyer Brian Glasser.
Four women and three men — all American — were killed in the crash, which took off from Big Grand Cay for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at about 2 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force. The helicopter was reported missing just before 3 p.m., police said.
One of Cline’s daughters, friends of the family and the pilot were also among those killed, Glasser said.
Bahamas officials did not confirm Cline was on board, however, they did identify the helicopter by tail number. The helicopter was owned by Cline’s Challenger Management LLC.
The helicopter was later found overturned in about 16 feet of water off Grand Cay, where the seven bodies were recovered from the aircraft, police said. The Bahamas Air Accident Investigation Department said the bodies were transported to Rand Memorial Hospital, in Freeport, on Grand Bahama island.
The Bahamas’ Civil Aviation Authority and police and defense forces were investigating the accident. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board had an investigator on standby and was ready to assist, NTSB spokesperson Eric Weiss told ABC News Friday, while the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the Bahamas’ Civil Aviation Authority had reported the crash to the agency. The helicopter’s manufacturer, Leonardo Helicopters, said it had dispatched a team to the Bahamas.
A State Department spokesperson said the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Nassau, was working with local authorities and providing consular services to the victims’ families.
ABC News’ Matt Foster, Darren Reynolds, Brendan Rand, Christine Theodorou, Ben Gittleson, and Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.
Here the link to the original ABC NEWS Article Online … https://abcnews.go.com/International/billionaire-coal-executive-chris-cline-dies-apparent-helicopter/story?id=64143888&cid=clicksource_4380645_null_headlines_hed
Here the link to the ASN Accident Report Page … https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/226803