Bahamas police: Seven Americans dead in helicopter crash

West Virginia mining entrepreneur among dead

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Nassau, Bahamas.

NASSAU, Bahamas - Police say a helicopter has crashed in the Bahamas, killing seven Americans, the Associated Press reports.

The helicopter was en route to Fort Lauderdale, and went down two miles off Grand Cay island, with four women and three men, Bahamian police said.

Those on board were not identified by police, but Beckley, West Virginia's Register-Herald newspaper quoted Governor Jim Justice as saying one victim was mining entrepreneur Chris Cline, whose spokesman did not return calls Thursday night.

A cause of the crash is not known but police in the Bahams said civilian aviation authorities on the island have launched an investigation.

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