Phi Helicopter Crash - Helicopter was owned by Petroleum Helicopters Inc
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Phi Helicopter Crash - Helicopter was owned by Petroleum Helicopters Inc

New Orleans : LA : USA | Jan 05, 2009 at 1:10 PM PST
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PHI helicopter crash

A helicopter owned by Petroleum Helicopters Inc (PHI) crashed around 100 miles southwest of New Orleans, in the marshes along Bayou Penchant. This helicopter was headed to a Shell Oil platform in the South Timbalier 300 block off the coast of Terrebonne, Rovinelli states.

Eight passengers including both pilots were killed and the ninth survived. Details of the eight passengers killed are:

Name of the Passenger - Passenger is from - Passenger worked for

Allen Boudreaux from Ama worked for Dynamic Industries

Andrew Moricio from Morgan City worked for Dynamic Industries

Ezequiel Cantu from Morgan City worked for Dynamic Industries

Randy Tarpley from Jonesville worked for Dynamic Industries

Charles W. Nelson from Pensacola worked for MMR Offshore Services

Jorey A. Rivere from Bridge City worked for MMR Offshore Services

Thomas E. Ballenger from Eufaula, Ala worked for Petroleum Helicopters - Pilot

Vyarl W. Martin from Hurst, Texas worked for Petroleum Helicopters - Pilot

Beside these killed there was one more passenger who survived - Steven Yelton, who is from Floresville, Texas, and he works Dynamic Industries. He is currently hospitalized with critical injuries.

The cause of helicopter crash is still unknown and is under investigation by Petroleum Helicopters Inc (PHI) and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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