Coal Billionaire Chris Cline Dead in helicopter crash

Chris Cline, the billionaire mining entrepreneur and coal tycoon and benefactor to southern West Virginia, and a reported six others died in a helicopter crash Thursday in the waters off the coast of the Bahamas, pals of Cline reported to The Register-Herald on Thursday afternoon.

The Register-Herald has not but confirmed the report with authorities.

Friends recognized the deceased as Cline’s daughter, David Jude, two younger adults from Beckley, unidentified pals and an unidentified helicopter mechanic from Florida.

The helicopter was en path to Fort Lauderdale from the Bahamas, when it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, Cline’s pals in Beckley reported.

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