Offshore helicopter operator Bristow mentioned on Sunday that one among its helicopters, registration N577AL, was concerned in an accident at about 12 p.m. Central Time on Sunday within the Gulf of Mexico, with studies of 1 particular person killed and one lacking.
The plane, a Bell 407, was working between Galliano and Venice, Louisiana.
According to Bristow, preliminary info signifies the plane was carrying one passenger and one crew member. Bristow Group’s incident response group has been mobilized. The firm is totally cooperating with authorities responding to the accident.
“Our highest precedence is aiding these concerned and impacted by the accident,” mentioned President and CEO Don Miller.
The households of these onboard the plane have been contacted. The firm is within the means of gathering info and can launch extra particulars…as quickly as it’s accessible, Bristow mentioned.
While Bristow’s Sunday report doesn’t present extra particulars, an area web site Houma Today on Sunday night reported that “one particular person was killed and one other is lacking.”
The web site reported, citing the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, that Nicholas Duplantis, of Houma, was killed within the accident. The pilot stays lacking and his id is unknown, the web site additional mentioned.
Bell 407 is classed as a small helicopter and has a capability to hold 6 individuals. According to accessible information, as of September 2018, Bristow had 24 helicopters of the Bell 407 kind, and total, it had greater than 300 helicopters.