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Body of pilot recovered following helicopter crash in Lafourche Parish

Posted at 7:16 AM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 08:25:48-04

The Bristow Group has confirmed that the body of the pilot involved in a helicopter crash on Sunday has been recovered.

The pilot’s body was recovered on Monday, according to a press release on the company’s website.

The crash, involving a Bell 407 helicopter, claimed the lives of the pilot and a passenger. The helicopter crashed into the Gulf of Mexico while operating between Galliano and Venice in Lafourche Parish.

The body of the passenger has also been recovered.

On Monday, The Houma-Times reported the identity of the passenger killed in the crash as Nicholas Duplantis of Houma. Duplantis reportedly worked for Talos Energy.

Bristow says that the pilot was a “valued member of the Bristow team.” The company says they will not be releasing the name of the pilot at this time out of “respect for the family’s wishes.”

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the crash. A cause has not been released by investigators or the company.

The Bristow Group is an industrial aviation service based out of Houston that offers helicopter transportation, search and rescue, and aircraft support services, according to the company’s website.