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Seven Americans killed in Bahamas helicopter crash

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 11:42 AM
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NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Police in the Bahamas worked Friday to identify the bodies of seven Americans killed in a helicopter crash after being told that billionaire coal tycoon and Republican donor Chris Cline was among those on board.

Bahamas Police Superintendent Shanta Knowles told The Associated Press on Friday that the search began off the islands of Big Grand Cay when police received a report from Florida that a group including Cline had failed to arrive as expected Thursday in Fort Lauderdale.

The bodies of the four women and three men have been taken to the capital in Nassau to be officially identified, Knowles said.

The helicopter was still in the water, and based on preliminary information, she did not believe there had been a distress call before it went down.

A statement from the Royal Bahamas Police Force said authorities and local residents found the crash site two miles off Big Grand Cay, group of private islands Cline owned.

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