Coal Billionaire Helicopter Crash Occurred Just After Takeoff, Investigators Say

The Daily Caller | 7/25/2019 | Staff
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The doomed helicopter flying coal magnate Chris Cline, his daughter and five others was airborne for just moments before it spun out of control and crashed into the sea, a report released Wednesday said.

All passengers were killed when the 17-passenger Agusta Westland AW-1339 crashed into the sea near Cline’s private Bahamas island around 2 a.m. on July 4, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary findings, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

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The complete investigation could take up to two years to complete, said NTSB spokesperson Eric Weiss.

Cline’s family said the helicopter left Palm Beach International Airport in Florida after midnight to pick up Cline’s 22-year-old daughter Kameron on the island to take her to a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital after she got sick. The NTSB report mentions two people were sick, but did not identify them.

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The chopper reportedly arrived at the island between 1:30 and 1:45 a.m. and kept the engines running as passengers boarded.

A witness said it lifted off from Cline’s private Big Grand Cay island, climbed between 30 to 40 feet and then spun left three to four times before making a “whoosh whoosh” sound. It then dropped out of sight and witnesses heard a crash sound, according to the NTSB.

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The helicopter crashed 1.2 miles from its takeoff spot on the island and was found between 4 and 5 p.m. the next day upside down in water 16 feet deep, the report says. The tail had...
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