Billionaire Chris Cline dies in a helicopter crash near the Bahamas


Owns large ranch in Sublette County

BAHAMAS – West Virginia coal

billionaire and philanthropist Chris

Cline died in a helicopter crash near the

Bahamas on Thursday, July 4.

“Today we lost a WV superstar and

I lost a very close friend,” Gov. Jim

Justice tweeted. “ ... Chris Cline built

an empire and on every occasion was

always there to give. What a wonderful,

loving and giving man.”

Seven people died, the Royal Bahamas

Police Force said in a statement

Friday. The RBPF did not identify any

of the victims.

Cline owned the Cline Trust Company,

LLC., which is the owner of the

Twin Eagle Ranch in Sublette County.

The ranch includes seven parcels and

exceeds 6,000 acres.

Police said a helicopter took off

from Big Grand Cay around 2 a.m.

local time Thursday and was reported

missing more than 12 hours later

around 2:50 p.m. when it didn't arrive

in Fort Lauderdale, its intended destination.

Police officers and residents of

Grand Cay discovered the aircraft

overturned in 16 feet of water about 2

miles off Grand Cay in the Abacos and

recovered the bodies of four females

and three males, police said.

The Department of Civil Aviation,

the Royal Bahamas Police and the Defense

Force are investigating.

Cline’s daughter, Kameron, was

among those on the aircraft, according

to a family statement.

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