Thu, Sep 04, 2008
Bell 212 Crashed On Takeoff At Night
A Bell 212 helicopter carrying
foreign contractors crashed on takeoff from an offshore oil
platform off the coast of Dubai Thursday, claiming all seven people
The International Herald Tribune reports the helo (type shown at
right) impacted the main deck of the rig at 8:23 pm local time,
sparking a fire on the platform that halted production indefinitely
on the Rashid oil field, one of four located off the coast of the
United Arab Emirates.
The helicopter was owned by Aerogulf Services, which operates a
fleet of nine helicopters used to transport workers to offshore
rigs throughout the Persian Gulf... and is reportedly the only
operator in the region that conducts flights to rigs at night.
Little is known of the circumstances surrounding the crash,
including weather conditions at the time of the accident.
Five workers and two pilot were among the victims, including one
American and citizens from the United Kingdom, Pakistan, the
Philippines, Venezuela, and India. The workers were being
transported off the recently-installed Maersk Resilient platform,
owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and operated by Petrofac Ltd. on
behalf of Dubai Petroleum Co.
"We are still in the process of identifying the deceased and
notifying the next of kin," said Olly Scott, a spokesman for
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