Bahmas, Jul 5(BAN/CD): Coal billionaire Chris Cline dies at the age of 60 along with six others including his daughter in the Bahamas in a helicopter crash.
Cline was hours away from turning 61 when the helicopter was returning from the Bahamas to Florida in the US.
The Bahamian police said the plane crashed off the Grand Cay in the Bahamas was returning to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.
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Among others, West Virginia governor expressed his condolences on Twitter; “Today we lost a WV superstar and I lost a very close friend,” Justice tweeted Thursday. “Chris Cline built an empire and on every occasion was always there to give. What a wonderful, loving, and giving man.”
Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar told local media: "We’ve located the craft. It seems as if the seven passengers are still onboard so therefore submerged, but we can’t confirm anything yet.
They’re attempting…to first of all go to the helicopter and retrieve any souls that are onboard and start the investigation."
The late coal baron was founder of Foresight Energy of St. Louis, one of the nation's biggest coal companies.
According to NBC News, Cline, who was raised in West Virginia, gave a lot of that money to various charities. In 2011, his foundation donated $5 million to West Virginia University's medical school and athletic department.
He also donated millions of dollars to his alma mater, Marshall University in West Virginia, whose athletic complex is named in his honor.