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3 LSU grads among 7 killed in helicopter crash

Posted at 1:30 PM, Jul 05, 2019

The New York Post reports that the helicopter belonging to Chris Cline that crashed in the Bahamas on Thursday was headed back to Florida for a medical emergency.

Relatives reached out to police when the chopper did not show up in Fort Lauderdale, where it was expected to land.

Wreckage of the helicopter was found on the ocean floor; the cause of the crash is still under investigation.


According to WBRZ, Three LSU graduates were among the seven Americans killed in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas on Thursday.

The helicopter belonged to billionaire coal entrepreneur Chris Cline. The Associated Press reports that Cline and his 22-year-old daughter Kameron were on board at the time of the crash and were killed.

Officials in the Bahamas say that the crash site was located on Friday two miles off Big Grand Cay. The helicopter was reportedly traveling back to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday when the crash occurred.

WBRZ has confirmed that three of the seven on board the aircraft were LSU alumnae. Cline's daughter and two others, identified as Jillian Clark and Brittney Searson, were members of the university's Phi Mu sorority.

The sorority released a statement on Friday about the crash.

"I can confirm that three of the people, Jillian Clark, Kameron Cline and Brittney Searson, who perished in a helicopter accident on Thursday, July 4, were young Phi Mu alumnae from the Alpha Eta Chapter at Louisiana State University. Our sympathies are with their families, friends and Phi Mu chapter sisters."

A vigil will be held Saturday at 7:30 pm in Baton Rouge.

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