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Oct 9, 2013 1:19 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Coast Guard gives more details about fatal helicopter crash

The United States Coast Guard is now providing a clearer timeline as to the events surrounding a helicopter crash off the Louisiana coast that claimed the life of a pilot and sent three others to a New Orleans hospital.

The Coast Guard says it received a call at 7:24 a.m. about the helicopter crash and an off-shore vessel called "Ridge" beginning rescue efforts. Upon arrival, the Coast Guard transported one person to the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans.

Acadian Air also confirms they responded to the crash, and transported three passengers, also to the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. The status of those transported is not available at this time.

The Wood Group, an international energy services company that provides "engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services to the oil and gas and power generation industries worldwide," says it contracted the helicopter and its services. According to the Coast Guard, Panther Helicopters owns the aircraft.

A Wood Group spokesperson says the aircraft crashed while coming off a crew change.

 

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