Helicopter Crashes Off Louisiana Coast

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Authorities say the body of a pilot whose helicopter crashed in the Gulf of Mexico has been recovered.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that divers from the
vessel Ocean Inspector found the pilot inside the aircraft's
cockpit.

The agency says the helicopter, owned by PHI Inc., crashed
Monday afternoon and was used to take people to oil rigs.

The Times-Picayune reported that a spokesman for PHI, Dave Stepanek, only would confirm that one of the company's helicopters was in the water and said more information would be released Tuesday.

In 2009, a helicopter operated by PHI crashed en route to a Gulf
of Mexico oil platform, killing two pilots and six of seven
passengers aboard. Investigators suspected that a bird struck the
aircraft.


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  • by Lisa Location: Neshoba on May 29, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    Prayers to his family. Traveling Grace and Mercy to all that have to chopper out to the rigs.
  • by Tom on May 28, 2012 at 09:30 PM
    I was on the rig and saw the crash. The pilot of the chopper did no make it out. He was trying to land on the helaport that was closed, hit the rig, E broke off the tail seciton on his chopper and crashd into the gulf
  • by jan Location: meridian on May 28, 2012 at 08:25 PM
    My son flies to his rig and this is one fear for him that never goes away. It doesn't matter that they have to go through training to be able to get out of the downed helicopter in the water.
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