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Thursday, January 8, 2009

NTSB Begins PHI Crash Investigation

A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is on the scene of the fatal January 4 crash of a Sikorsky S-76C++ operated by PHI of Lafayette, La. The aircraft was carrying two crewmembers and seven oil field workers when it went down in a marsh seven minutes after taking off from a base in Amelia. One oil worker survived and is in stable condition at an area hospital. Initial reports indicate the pilot did not report any problems with the aircraft prior to takeoff, nor was a distress call received. NTSB investigators in Washington, D.C. will review the aircraft’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders for clues. For related news

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