The man who started Deer Run Mine in Hillsboro was killed in a helicopter crash near the Bahamas on Thursday, July 4, along with six others.
The Bahamas Air Accident Investigation Department said on its website that a Florida-based contractor had pulled the Agusta helicopter from the water on Saturday night. The department says that an operation has been underway since the crash of the Augusta AW139 chopper in waters just off Grand Cay on Thursday. He says Cline and his 22-year-old daughter Kameron were on board the aircraft when it went down.
One of the victims of the helicopter crash that killed seven people in the Bahamas was 22-year-old Delaney Wykle.
West Virginia native Chris Cline, who would have turned 61 the following day, had operated mines in West Virginia before starting Foresight Energy to focus on the IL coal basin.
Authorities said no distress call is believed to have been made and information still needed to be gathered before they could draw conclusions.
"She got to practice nursing for one day", Paula Wykle mentioned sadly, calling her daughter "sensible, loving and probably the greatest friends anybody may ever ask for".
In this September 6, 2014 photo, Chris Cline speaks as Marshall University dedicates the new indoor practice facility as the Chris Cline Athletic Complex in Huntington, W.Va. Police in the Bahamas say a helicopter flying from Big Grand Cay island to Fort Lauderdale has crashed, killing seven Americans on board.
Kameron was killed alongside her father, friends Brittney Searson, Delaney Wykle and Jillian Clark, and helicopter pilot David Jude.
West Virginia Golf Association sent its condolences to Jude's family.
Joe Carey is a spokesman for Cline's lawyer in West Virginia, Brian Glasser. "This loss will be felt by all those who had the privilege of having known them", Cline's family said in a statement.
The department said its investigators would be assisted by the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration, the manufacturer of the aircraft and engine and other agencies.
Geoffrey Lee Painter from Barnstaple was flying the helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board.
Cline worked his way up from West Virginia's underground mines to become one of the country's top coal producers and amass a $1.8 billion fortune. Cline was a billionaire coal tycoon and has been major donor to Republican politicians.
Chris Cline speaks as Marshall University dedicates the new indoor practice facility as the Chris Cline Athletic Complex in Huntington, W.Va., on September 6, 2014.
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