Crash wreckage moved to Atlanta

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LOGAN, W.Va. – The investigation into a fatal helicopter crash in Logan County this week will now move to Georgia. The National Transportation Safety Board has completed transporting the wreckage from the crash site on Route 17 at Blair Mountain to a warehouse in the Atlanta area.

NTSB experts will analyze each piece of wreckage and reconstruct the crash scene for further study. A preliminary report is expected within days, but the actual investigation into what brought down the Vietnam-era Huey helicopter could take up to two years.

Route 17, the Blair Mountain Highway, was reopened to traffic on Friday afternoon. The accident happened when the owners of the vintage helicopter were offering free rides as part of Huey’s annual reunion at the Logan County airport.

Meanwhile, reports point to the identity of a third individual killed in the accident. WCHS TV reported Friday that the family of Jack Collins of Logan County were among six people who perished that day. Collins’ daughter tells WCHS that they were unable to reach her father and that she drove to Logan airport where the flight departed from and found his motorcycle.

MetroNews was able to independently confirm the identities of two other victims. Marvin Bledsoe of Chapmanville and John Nagle of Texas were also killed according to family members.

Official release of the names has been delayed as the state medical examiner continues to work to make a positive identification on each of the bodies.

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