The remains of all for people onboard a Gulf oil rig helicopter have been recovered after a search and rescue operation was suspended by the United States Coast Guard. The occupants of the helicopter that crashed into the Gulf after taking off from an oil rig platform included three workers and the pilot. A joint announcement about the recovery was made by the three primary companies involved in this particular exploration and production operation:
Walter Oil & Gas Corporation, the owner of the oil platform
Island Operating Company, the employer of the three crew members who lost their lives
Rotorcraft Leasing Company, the helicopter operator and the employer of the pilot
Representatives of the trio of enterprises have thus far declined to identify the individuals who were killed the crash. In addition, as of this time, the companies have not released any information about the cause of this particular oil rig accident involving a transport helicopter.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the pilot and passengers on board the aircraft,” the joint statement said. The statement additionally noted that the companies will cooperate with the investigations that have been launched by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
Previous U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Operation
A couple of days prior to the recovery of the remains of the deceased individuals, the U.S. Coast Guard had undertaken an extensive search and rescue operation to no avail. Coast Guard personnel had intensely searched an area of about 180 square miles seeking survivors, of which there ended up being none.
Circumstances Surrounding the Oil Rig Accident Involving the Chopper Crash
A great deal remains unknown about the specific circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash that took the lives of three Gulf oil rig workers and a pilot. What is known is that the chopped plunged into the waters of the Gulf at about 8:40 a.m. on December 29, according to U.S. Coast Guard 8th District officials. According to the Guard:
The aircraft was departing after picking up the workers from an oil platform when it crashed about 10 miles offshore of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, about 80 miles southeast of New Orleans.
Possible causes of the oil rig helicopter accident include:
Combination of causes
At this time, weather issues do appear to have generally been ruled out as factors in this particular oil rig accident.
Investigation Into the Walter Oil & Gas Corporation Oil Rig Helicopter Accident is Ongoing
The investigation into the cause of the oil rig helicopter accident is expected to continue for some time. As mentioned previously, both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement currently are involved in this process. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA may also become involved in the investigation.
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