West Virginia Billionaire Dies In Bahamas Helicopter Crash
By Stephanie Ogbogu
West Virginia coal billionaire and philanthropist Chris Cline has died after being involved in a fatal helicopter crash near Grand Cay island in the Bahamas on Thursday.
The crash killed everyone aboard the helicopter including Cline, his daughter Kameron Conover, David Jude, Delaney Wykle, two unidentified friends of the family and an unidentified helicopter mechanic.
The helicopter was headed to Ft. Lauderdale, FL and went missing shortly after leaving Big Grand Cay. Authorities and local residents found the crash site two miles off Grand Cay. The cause of the crash has not been revealed. An investigation with civil aviation authorities is underway.
Cline founded Foresight Energy and developed it into a coal mining empire. In 2015, he sold most of his stake in the company for $1.4 billion. His current net worth is listed at $1.9 billion.
Cline’s death has received conflicting reactions due to his stance on global warming. Although he’s donated millions to churches and scholarship funds, many people have not forgotten that he said climate change was an overreaction and refused to hold coal partially accountable.
West Virginia’s governor Jim Justice said a few words following the news of Cline’s death.