“Immediately we misplaced a WV famous person and I misplaced a really shut buddy,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tweeted. ” … Chris Cline constructed an empire and whenever was all the time there to offer. What an exquisite, loving and giving man.”
A number of different folks have been aboard the helicopter when it crashed, together with Cline’s daughter, in keeping with the Brenton Southern Baptist Church, which mentioned it confirmed with relations.
Cline was one of many constitution members when the church began, it mentioned in a press release. “Our ideas and prayers are along with his household. We’ll put up extra because it develops,” the church mentioned.
There was no quick info on the destiny of others aboard the helicopter. CNN has reached out to authorities within the Bahamas for extra info.
Evan Jenkins, a justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court docket, mentioned the state has misplaced a philanthropist who donated to a number of packages.
“His selfless and beneficiant assist for packages and tasks all through the state improved the lives of numerous West Virginians,” he mentioned in a press release. “His life’s story was certainly one of arduous work, love of household and caring assist for others. My deepest condolences exit to his household.
He got here from a household of coal miners
Cline grew up in a coal household — his father and grandfather labored at mines.
He began working as an underground miner in West Virginia in 1980 at age 22, and a decade later based his power improvement firm, the Cline Group.
“The Cline Group was quickly acknowledged throughout the trade as a dependable coal provider, a wonderful lessee, and a desired employer dedicated to the well being and security of its miners — traits that proceed to drive its success as we speak,” it mentioned.
Cline Group operated underground coal mines within the nation for a number of years earlier than beginning Foresight Power to concentrate on Illinois mining.