Gulf of Mexico helicopter crash: Chopper was leaving oil platform

The platform the helicopter was leaving is operated by Houston-based Walter Oil and Gas.

HOUSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard spent hours Thursday looking out waters off Louisiana for 4 individuals who had been on board a helicopter that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. Just earlier than 9 p.m., the search was suspended.

The helicopter crashed because it was departing an oil platform owned by a Houston-based company at about 8:40 a.m. CST, stated Petty Officer Jose Hernandez, a spokesman for the Coast Guard’s eighth District headquartered in New Orleans. Crews looking out by boat and helicopter had discovered no signal of them by the center of the afternoon.

“We are still searching for all four of them,” Hernandez stated. “We haven’t found anyone.”

The helicopter went down about 10 miles (16 kilometers) offshore of Southwest Pass, a delivery channel on the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans.

Hernandez stated the lacking consisted of the helicopter’s pilot and three oil platform staff. Helicopters routinely transport staff to and from oil platforms within the Gulf.

Hernandez stated the oil platform is operated by Houston-based Walter Oil and Gas. An individual who answered a reporter’s cellphone name to the company’s headquarters Thursday stated nobody was instantly obtainable to remark.

Weather did not seem like an element within the crash, Hernandez stated, as there have been no reviews of storms within the space Thursday.

Two weeks in the past, the Coast Guard rescued three folks after a helicopter crashed off the Louisiana coast whereas making an attempt to land on an oil rig platform. That crash occurred Dec. 15 south of Terrebonne Bay, roughly 60 miles (96.56 kilometers) west of the realm the Coast Guard was looking out Thursday.

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