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A WITNESS has revealed she tried to help the victims of a fiery helicopter crash but said the blaze was too intense.

Six people were killed after a vintage Bell UH-1B chopper went down at a historical aircraft event in West Virginia on June 22.

A Bell UH-1B helicopter crashed in West Virginia (stock image)Credit: Marpat Aviation
Crews rushed to the scene after the chopper came down in Logan CountyCredit: WOWKTV

Bobbi Childs, who lives a mile from the site in Logan County, told WSAZ that she called 911 and rushed to the scene when she realized the chopper had crashed.

She said: "I went up to the helicopter, but the fire was just so hot, so intense."

Childs said she ran back to her home crying after being left traumatized by the horror ordeal.

Speaking to WOWK-TV, Childs said: "I saw that there was a guy trapped, I guess the captain.

"I tried to get down to the door where he was at. You could see him plain as day."

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"I tried to get to him, but the fire was too hot. I couldn’t get to him," she concluded.

The Logan Emergency Management Deputy Director Sonya Porter told The Sun that six people were killed and there were no survivors.

The victims have not been identified and it's not known what caused the accident.

Porter said: "At the time the crash occurred, I think the weather was clear."

But, a severe thunderstorm watch for Logan County was issued just after 6pm local time on June 22.

The tail section of the chopper was on the highway, while the front of it appeared to have crashed through a guardrail, WV Metro News reported.

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Ray Bryant, the chief of operations for Logan Emergency Management, said the chopper was on fire when crews arrived on the scene.

He told The New York Times that he had seen "no crashes of this magnitude".

Bryant also said the chopper crashed in clear weather, according to Fox affiliate WPMT-TV.

Speaking on the phone to WPMT on Thursday, he explained: "The entire cab of it was on fire.

“It was recognized by the first responders as being a helicopter from this area because we see it a lot."

The chopper - which was nicknamed Huey and made in 1962 - was based at Logan airport and used for tourism flights, Bryant told WSAZ-TV.

It was used during the Vietnam War and the model has appeared in the film Die Hard and the hit TV series Baywatch.

Wes Wilson, an optician based in Williamson, revealed in a Facebook post that he planned to fly on the aircraft on Thursday.

It would've been his fourth flight on board the N98F.

The incident occurred near Route 17 in Logan County, also known as Blair Mountain Highway - located on Kelly Mountain.

It was also near the Battle of Blair Mountain historic sites, which was restored to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018.

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Porter told Metro News: “Everybody’s saddened that this has occurred in our county and they’re distraught over the incident.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.