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Old 5th Jan 2009, 00:07   #1 (permalink)
 
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PHI Crash in Louisiana Jan 2009 - 8 Dead, 1 Injured

Word from the dark side is that a PHI S76 crashed in the GOM today at about 3:30 pm.Thoughts and prayers with the people who have lost their lives.
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 00:31   #2 (permalink)
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Seven people are dead after a helicopter crash in Terrebone Parish.

Coast Guard officers said that the crash happened at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday near Bayou Penchant, La.

Nine passengers were onboard the helicopter owned by Phi, Inc.
Rescue units from both the Coast Guard and Terrebone emergency services responded to the scene and began a search.

One passenger has been taken to a hospital for treatment and another has yet to be found.

The cause of the crash in under investigation.
Very sad, RIP!
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 00:47   #3 (permalink)
 
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Many prayers!

Helicopter crashes in Terrebonne, seven dead

One hospitalized, another missing

By MATTHEW PLEASANT/Staff Writer Published: Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 6:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 7:25 p.m.
HOUMA – Seven people died in a helicopter crash this afternoon in a marshy area near Bayou Penchant in western Terrebonne Parish, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The helicopter, owned by the Lafayette-based Petroleum Helicopters Inc., was carrying nine passengers. One was sent to Terrebonne General Medical Center and another remains missing.
The helicopter’s operator sent a distress signal at 3 p.m., said Jaclyn Young, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.
The U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in Virgina picked up the signal and alerted the Coast Guard station in New Orleans, she said.
Officials aren’t yet sure what caused the crash. The Terrebonne Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol is searching waters and marsh near Bayou Penchant, in the far western end of the parish and a Coast Guard helicopter is assisting as well. Officers are also using an airboat to aid their search, said Maj. Thomas Odom, water patrol commander.
Allen Boudreax Sr. of Franklinton said he was notified by PHI that his son, 23-year-old Allen Jr., was on board the helicopter when it went down. He had not been advised of his son's status, however.
Boudreaux Jr. is a welder and fitter for Dynamic Industries, and was en route to a job site when the wreck occurred, his father said.
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 01:36   #4 (permalink)
 
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Oilfield helicopter crash kills 8, injures 1 in Terrebonne

Anyone know if weather was a factor or not?

Very sad... RIP
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 02:20   #5 (permalink)
 
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Todays observations at Houma.
04 18:50 SE 7 7.00 Overcast OVC010 70 NA 30.10 NA
04 17:50 SE 7 7.00 Mostly Cloudy BKN017 72 NA 30.09 NA
04 16:55 SE 9 7.00 Mostly Cloudy BKN025 75 NA 30.07 NA
04 13:50 SE 12 7.00 Mostly Cloudy BKN025 75 NA 30.06 NA
04 12:50 SE 12 7.00 Mostly Cloudy BKN020 73 NA 30.07 NA
04 11:50 SE 12 7.00 Mostly Cloudy BKN020 68 NA 30.09 NA
04 10:50 SE 12 7.00 Mostly Cloudy BKN025 68 NA 30.10 NA
04 09:50 SE 7 7.00 Mostly Cloudy BKN050 68 NA 30.11 NA
04 08:50 SE 9 7.00 Mostly Cloudy BKN050 66 NA 30.09 NA
04 07:50 SE 5 7.00 Mostly Cloudy BKN020 64 NA 30.07 NA
04 05:50 S 5 7.00 Mostly Cloudy BKN020 63 NA 30.02 NA
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 03:10   #6 (permalink)
 
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Aircraft had just departed from Amelia outisde of Morgan City according to PHI. Crash scene site about 10 miles south in the bayou. The one survivor is reported as 'critical'.
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 03:49   #7 (permalink)
 
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Our thoughts and prayers go to the families and the survivor in critical conditions.
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 15:33   #8 (permalink)
 
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PHI Crash in Louisiana - 8 Dead, 1 Injured

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Eight people died and another was injured when a helicopter bound for an offshore oil platform crashed Sunday afternoon in Louisiana's marshlands about 100 miles southwest of New Orleans.
The helicopter, operated by PHI Inc., crashed about 3:30 p.m. shortly after taking off from PHI's base in Amelia, said Richard Rovinelli, a spokesman for the company. The cause of the crash isn't clear. Rovinelli did not know the type of helicopter or its exact destination.
Link to Full article

Condolences to the victims and families. Not a good start to the year in the GOM.
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Pilots identified here.
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 17:41   #10 (permalink)
 
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Spokesman?

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The cause of the crash isn't clear. Rovinelli did not know the type of helicopter or its exact destination.
Obvious condolences - not a great start to 2009 at all, but why would you let this guy Rovinelli say anything until he had something to say?

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Old 5th Jan 2009, 18:41   #11 (permalink)
 
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IDENTIFICATION
Regis#: 748P Make/Model: S76 Description: S-76, H-76, AUH-76, Spirit, Eagle (HE-24
Date: 01/04/2009 Time: 2040

Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Fatal Mid Air: N Missing: N
Damage: Unknown

LOCATION
City: AMELIA State: LA Country: US

DESCRIPTION
N748P, A SIKORSKY S-76C ROTORCRAFT WHILE ENROUTE TO OFFSHORE OIL PLATFORM,
THERE WERE 9 PERSONS ON BOARD, 8 WERE FATALLY INJURED, AND ONE SUSTAINED
SERIOUS INJURIES, 10 MILES FROM AMELIA, LA

INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 8
# Crew: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Pass: 9 Fat: 8 Ser: 1 Min: 0 Unk:
# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:

WEATHER: KMSY 042053Z 17010KT 10SM FEW025 SCT130 BKN200 23/18 A3006

OTHER DATA
Activity: Business Phase: Unknown Operation: OTHER


FAA FSDO: BATON ROUGE, LA (SW03) Entry date: 01/05/2009
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 19:31   #12 (permalink)
 
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I flew with Tom on many occasions, a sad loss, his dry dark sense of humour was great, Rest in Peace mate.

A sad day for all involved.
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 23:42   #13 (permalink)
 
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The FAA notification appears slightly inaccurate.

It lists 8 fatalities and 1 seriously injured under passengers. However, earlier in the thread, the pilots were also listed as deceased.

The FAA notification doesn't list crew as fatal, serious or unknown?

Was it 7 passengers and two crew on board?
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Old 6th Jan 2009, 00:46   #14 (permalink)
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The two pilots and seven passengers were bound for two Shell oil platforms
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The two pilots and six other passengers were pronounced dead.
PHI helicopter crashed in Louisiana swamp less than 10 minutes after takeoff - Breaking News from New Orleans - Times-Picayune - NOLA.com

Theres a pic of the crash site at the link above, what a mess.
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Old 6th Jan 2009, 00:56   #15 (permalink)
 
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Thank you Davy.

It would have been good if the FAA had got it right, they are, after all the Federal Agency responsible for regulating aviation.

Its a sad picture.
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Old 6th Jan 2009, 04:46   #16 (permalink)
 
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The FAA preliminary reports are frequently gibberish. I've seen the wrong type aircraft remain there for weeks, as well as many other types of errors. If you want accuracy, you need to read the NTSB reports.
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Old 6th Jan 2009, 06:41   #17 (permalink)
 
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The spokesman in which you are referring is the Chief Admin. Officer, not a pilot. He is in charge of running the business, under Mr. Al of course, so why he is speaking on behalf of the pilots is beyond me. I would rather here from the DO or the CP, they have a better understanding of what is going on and the background to support it.
God Bless those who left and best wishes to PHI.
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Old 6th Jan 2009, 07:28   #18 (permalink)
 
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Very sad, RIP
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Old 6th Jan 2009, 07:33   #19 (permalink)
 
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PHI 76 crash

From the picture of the CG it looks like it was quite a steep vertical fall, since the rests of the helicopter do not seem to be spread along a path in the marsh but they're quite limited to the crash spot...I wonder what happened....May your souls rest in peace fellows aviators....
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Old 6th Jan 2009, 08:52   #20 (permalink)
 
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Is that the head and one main rotor blade visible in the crater? I cannot recognize anything else that even looks like part of a 76.

Deepest regrets to all involved.........
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