NASSAU, The Bahamas, Monday July 8, 2019 – The identities of the six others killed in the fatal helicopter crash that took the life of American philanthropist and coal tycoon Chris Cline have been confirmed.
Apart from the billionaire, who died a day before his 61st birthday, the others who perished were: his 22-year-old daughter, Kameron Cline and three of her college friends – Britney Searson, 21; Jillian Clarke, 23; and Delaney Wykle, 23; family friend David Jude, 57; and pilot Geoffrey Lee Painter, 52. All the victims except Painter, who was from the United Kingdom, were from the United States.
The seven were killed on July 4 when the 17-seat Augusta Westland helicopter they were travelling on from Big Grand Cay in the Bahamas to Fort Lauderdale, Florida went down minutes after taking off around 2 a.m. The helicopter was subsequently found in 16 feet of water two miles off the Abaco Islands with all the bodies still strapped in.
According to US media, the chopper had been transporting Cline’s daughter to a hospital in Florida after she suffered a medical emergency during his 61st birthday party on his private island.
Investigations into the cause of the crash are still underway.
Cline, who leaves behind another daughter and two sons, made his fortune operating over 25 coal mining facilities and was the founder of Foresight Energy. He was worth an estimated US$1.9 billion.