PHI S76 Offshore Accident Claims 8 Lives | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 10.31.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.31.14 **
** Airborne 10.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.29.14 **
** Airborne 10.27.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.27.14 **

Tue, Jan 06, 2009

PHI S76 Offshore Accident Claims 8 Lives

The Sunday loss of a PHI Sikorsky S76 has cost 8 lives, with one other person known to be hanging on for survival. Weather does not seem to have been much of a factor and little is known about potential causes.

PHI reported the following: 

On Sunday, January 4, 2009, at approximately 2:10 pm, a PHI, Inc. Sikorsky S76 medium transport helicopter was involved in a fatal accident approximately 10 miles south of Morgan City, LA. The flight was outbound from PHI’s Amelia, LA operating base to Shell’s South Timbalier 300 Block offshore platform. There were seven (7) passengers and two (2) PHI pilots on board. Eight souls perished in the accident, and there is one survivor who is in critical condition at a Louisiana hospital.

The passengers were working for two different companies, Dynamic Industries (“Dynamic”) and MMR Offshore Services (“MMR”). The surviving passenger is Steven Yeltin of Floresville, TX, who works for Dynamic. Those who perished are listed below:

  • Allen Boudreaux Ama, LA Dynamic
  • Andrew Moricio Morgan City, LA Dynamic
  • Ezequiel Cantu Morgan City, LA Dynamic
  • Randy Tarpley Jonesville, LA Dynamic
  • Charles W. Nelson Pensacola, FL MMR
  • Jorey A. Rivere Bridge City, LA MMR
  • Thomas E. Ballenger Eufaula, AL PHI Pilot-in-Command
  • Vyarl W. Martin Hurst, TX PHI Second-in Command

The cause of the accident is unknown and is under investigation by the Company and the NTSB. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of the families of those who were on board the aircraft. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Initial FAA Accident Summary

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

FMI: www.phihelico.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.29.14: Antares Launch Failure, GAMA Responds, Another 'Roadable'???

Also: Dragon Returns, Quadcopter Flown At Airliner?, Classic Aero-TV: Redhawk, Diesel Flt School Airplanes, WWII Bomber Found The unmanned Antares rocket built by Orbital Science C>[...]

Classic Aero-TV: ‘Have it Your Way!’ – The SPA Panther

A New Single-Seat SportPlane Shows Great Potential For Serious Fun While at the Sport Aviation Expo 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell stopped by to talk with Dan Wese>[...]

AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-21-07 PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes>[...]

AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-21-10 PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.31.14)

Ex-MACs This group is made of retired McDonnell Engineers, most of whom began their careers at MAC either on the F101, F3H or F4H programs.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC