Monday, January 5, 2009

Terrebonne Parish Helicopter Crash, Loved Ones Devastated

Last night what I saw on local television was awful, a woman screaming at the loss of loved one, who was one of eight people to die in the PHI, Inc. helicopter crash in Terrebonne Parish, which is about 100 miles southwest of New Orleans, La. The copter crashed in the marsh.

The workers were headed to a Louisiana oil rig.
The men were being transported by Lafayette-based PHI Inc. from a helipad in Amelia, La., to the Shell Oil Co.-owned Cougar oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Shell spokesman Fred Palmer. Amelia is approximately 80 miles southwest of New Orleans. (
The oil services industry here brings more money to this state than oil itself.

One mother, Barbara Bryant, interviewed by WWL TV, said her son was always nervous about flying, the only way to get from land to the oil rigs. There's speculation that the fog, and we've seen a lot of it lately down here, contributed to the crash.

The survivor, Steven Yeltin, 28, of Texas, is being treated for severe head trauma at Ocshner Foundation Hospital in Jefferson Parish.

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