Helicopter crash near Venice kills pilot, injures two passengers

A helicopter crash Wednesday morning in lower Plaquemines Parish killed a contract pilot and injured two of the three passengers aboard, according to a Scotlan energy services company for which the passengers worked.

Wood Group PSN spokeswoman Bobbie Ireland, in Houston, said the helicopter was owned by Panther Helicopters, of Belle Chasse.

The Bell B206 helicopter crashed into the Gulf of Mexico about 30 miles northeast of Venice, immediately after taking off from oil platform Main Pass 107, said Laura J. Brown, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot was transporting three men whose shifts offshore had just ended, Ireland said.

The men, employed by Wood Group, are all from Louisiana, but Ireland declined to say in which city they lived until family members could be notified.

The conditions of the injured men were not available because of privacy laws, she said.

The offshore supply vessel Ridge radioed about 7:25 a.m. that it had taken all four men from the water, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

The pilot, who was airlifted to West Jefferson Medical Center, died at the hospital, said Mark Bone, the Jefferson Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

The pilot’s identity was being withheld pending notification of family. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning, Bone said. A message left with Panther Helicopters was not returned Wednesday.

Wood Group is based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Its American headquarters is in Houston.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report