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Sunday, May 26, 2019

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Helicopter crashes into Gulf killing two

Helicopter crashes into Gulf killing two

Two people were killed after a helicopter operating between Galliano and Venice crashed into the Gulf of Mexico around noon Sunday, authorities said.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed Nicholas Duplantis, of Houma, was killed in the accident. The pilot, whose name officials are withholding until family members can be identified, was also killed.

Bristow Group Inc., owns the Bell 407 helicopter.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic accident,” said President and CEO Don Miller. “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.”

LPSO Lt. Brennan Matherne said the aircraft had broken into multiple pieces that were scattered in two debris fields about 200 yards apart.

The Coast Guard responded to the crash about 1:42 p.m. with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office also assisting said Coast Guard Petty Officer Lexie Preston of the New Orleans District.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said.

“It’s currently under active investigation,” Weiss said. “There will be a preliminary report in two weeks detailing what we found in the on-scene investigation. But that won’t contain the cause of the crash. The cause won’t come until the end of the investigation, which can take one or two years.”

The Houston-based Bristow Group is an aviation company that operates a heliport in Galliano.