LOGAN, WV (WOWK) — The Logan County community comes together tonight to deal with a tragic helicopter crash that killed six people Wednesday night.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Bell UH-1B helicopter, also known as “Huey”, crashed around 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 near Route 17 in Logan County, killing the captain and five others.
While not directly related to the event, the accident happened during the town of Logan’s annual Freedom Festival, a time of year when the community is decked out in red, white and blue and where the signs of patriotism are everywhere you look.
Earlier in the day, people had gone out to eat food from the vendors at lunchtime, but all members of the community – those who knew the victims and those who did not – deeply feel the loss.
“They were great people and good for the community. Worked their whole lives like the rest of us. It’s tragic for the families,” said Logan resident Matsman Farley.
“Every time you hear about something like this, your heart goes out to the family – what a shock,” Logan resident Pat Teeters. “Just pray for them that God gives them peace and comfort.”
For Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti, this is a very emotional time. He and other city leaders are devastated but determined to honor those who died and the legacy of what this Huey, nicknamed “Miss Fit” meant to the community.
“We don’t want the tragic accident to end what we do here in our city, and it will always be a part of it,” Nolletti said.
The city plans to salute the lost lives and the Hueys in a military salute scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2022.
Michael Cline, owner of the Hot Cup in downtown Logan, was on the helicopter himself. He says this loss is difficult for such a tight-knit community.
“Every time you lose your life it’s tragic, especially in an event where everyone is happy, but knowing that you have lost several people in such a horrific way is always very difficult for a community”, says Michael Cline, owner of the Hot Coupe in downtown Logan. “I mean, what you’ll find in small southern towns like this is when we all come together closer than ever to try to ease each other’s pain, to be there for each other. others and to spread kindness when we can.”
This year’s Freedom Festival t-shirts were designed three weeks ago and feature the Huey crashing because the plane meant so much to this town and honored the military. Since the tragic accident yesterday, they have decided that all profits from the sale of these t-shirts will be donated to a fund to finance a commemorative event.