Six people suspected dead after helicopter crashes into mountain

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Six people are reported to have died after a helicopter crashed into the side of a mountain.

Emergency services rushed to the scene after the collision at Kelly Mountain in Logan County, Ohio, which is located near the busy Route 17 highway.

Local reports say there were six people on board the Bell UH-1B craft at the time of the crash, with no survivors found.

Firefighters extinguished a blaze that had broken out in the aftermath of the crash. Some of the wreckage was found on the road and nearby grassland.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Authority have begun an investigation into the circumstances of the crash, while City of Logan Police Chief Paul Clemens confirmed that two units had been dispatched to the site.

Ray Bryant, the Chief of Operations for the Logan Emergency Management Authority, said it is not yet known what caused the helicopter to hit ground.

One of the owners of the craft reportedly attended the scene following the incident.

The Route 17 highway is now closed for around a mile from the crash site, and is expected to remain so for at least the next 24 hours.

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