UPDATE: Bristow confirms passenger and pilot identified; recovery efforts still underway


UPDATE:  Bristow Group Inc. has confirmed it will continue to assist in recovery efforts relating to yesterday’s aircraft accident in the Gulf of Mexico involving one of its helicopters, a Bell 407, registration N577AL, operating between Galliano and Venice, Louisiana.

The flight was carrying one pilot and one passenger. Crews have recovered the passenger who was fatally injured in the accident. Operations are continuing today to recover the pilot. 

Out of respect for the privacy of the families, the names of the passenger and pilot are not being released at this time, said President and CEO Don Miller.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic accident,” Miller said. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our passengers and crew, so yesterday’s accident deeply affects all of us. We are committed to conducting a full investigation and supporting everyone impacted by this.”

Rescue workers tell KLFY Caroline Marcello that it’s a recovery mission.  That they have found the body of the passenger, identified as Nicholas Duplantis of Houma.

They are still looking for the body of the pilot.

According to the Houma Times, Duplantis was an employee of Talos Energy, an independent offshore oil and gas company.

The helicopter was frequently used to transport workers to offshore platforms.  

Federal Authorties are leading the investigation into the crash and Bristow group says they are cooperating with the investigation.

ORIGINAL: Bristow Group has confirmed that one of its New Iberia based helicopters was involved in an accident around noon Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico.

The aircraft, a Bell 407, was operating between Galliano and Venice, Louisiana, Bristow Group said. 

Preliminary information indicates the aircraft was carrying one passenger and one crew member.

“Our highest priority is assisting those involved and impacted by the accident,” said President and CEO Don Miller.

The families of those onboard the aircraft have been contacted, Miller said.  

The company is in the process of collecting information and will release more details as soon as it is available, he said. 

The helicopters registration number was listed as N577AL. 

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office says its officers responded to assist several agencies in the recovery efforts.

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