Chris Cline, the billionaire coal executive and philanthropist, died Thursday, West Virginia officials stated. He was 60.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Evan Jenkins, a justice on the state Supreme Court, both confirmed that Cline, the founder of Foresight Energy of St. Louis, one of many nation’s largest coal firms, had died Thursday.
The Associated Press reported that Cline and six other folks were killed when their helicopter crashed in Walker’s Bay, in the Abaco Islands, on its way from the Bahamas to Florida.
Bahamian police confirmed that seven individuals — four females and three males — had been killed when a helicopter crashed about near Grand Cay in the Abaco Islands on Thursday whereas on its way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Officers and residents of Grand Cay discovered the aircraft, which had taken off at about 2 a.m. local time, overturned in 16 ft of water on Thursday afternoon, police mentioned.
Police did not identify the victims, and the news team could not immediately confirm that Cline was aboard the helicopter that crashed.