Monday, March 11, 2019

Bell 407, registered to and operated by Bristow Group Inc under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 135 as an on-demand passenger flight that was operating on a company visual flight rules flight plan, N577AL: Fatal accident occurred March 10, 2019 near South Lafourche Leonard Miller Jr Airport (KGAO), Galliano, Louisiana

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bristow Group Inc.; Houston, Texas
Rolls-Royce Corporation; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N577AL

Location: Galliano, LA
Accident Number: CEN19FA095
Date & Time: 03/10/2019, 1203 CDT
Registration: N577AL
Aircraft: BELL 407
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On March 10, 2019, about 1203, a Bell 407, N577AL, impacted a marsh after descending from cruise flight from an approximate altitude of 300 feet mean sea level about 5 nautical miles east of South Lafourche Leonard Miller Jr Airport (GAO), Galliano, Louisiana. The helicopter was destroyed by impact forces. The commercial pilot and a passenger received fatal injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Bristow Group Inc. under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 135 as an on-demand passenger flight that was operating on a company visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from Bristow US LLC Heliport (2LS0), Galliano, Louisiana, about 1155, and was destined to an offshore platform in Viosca Knoll (VK956), Gulf of Mexico, about 69 nautical miles east/southeast of Venice, Louisiana.

The closest official weather reporting location was GAO, which had an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) and issued observations every 20-minutes. 

The following conditions were reported at the time of the accident:

At 1135, wind from 160° at 3 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, overcast at 600 feet above ground level, temperature 24°C, dew point 22°C, altimeter setting of 30.11 inches of mercury.

At 1155, wind from 170° at 4 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, overcast at 600 feet above ground level, temperature 25° Celsius (C), dew point 23° C, altimeter setting of 30.12 inches of mercury.

At 1215, wind from 180° at 5 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, overcast 800 feet above ground level, temperature 25°C, dew point 23°C, altimeter setting of 30.12 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BELL
Registration: N577AL
Model/Series: 407
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: BRISTOW US LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: ALGA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: GAO, 0 ft msl
Observation Time: 1155 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 600 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Galliano, LA (2LS0)
Destination: Gulf of Mexico 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  29.422778, -90.178333 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 


Nicholas T. Duplantis

Nicholas T. Duplantis, 38, a native of Houma, Louisiana and resident of Houma, Louisiana passed away on March 10, 2019.

He is survived by his wife of Nichole Crochet Duplantis of 13 years; son, Ayden; daughters, Adyson and Alysse; father, Kirk Duplantis; brother, Troy Eunice; sister, Michelle Eunice; grandfather, Thaddeus "Bud" Duplantis; grandmother, Shirley Donaldson.

He was a loving husband and devoted father, a selfless provider, and his family was his world. He enjoyed crabbing, fishing, and deer hunting so much that he talked about it all year long. He was fun, and kind-hearted, lived life full of passion, and he left a mark on all those who knew him. He will be dearly missed.
Nicholas T. Duplantis

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.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://katc.com



NEW ORLEANS — Search crews are still looking for a pilot after a helicopter crashed over the weekend in Lafourche Parish.


The Bristow Group, an industrial aviation services provider, confirmed Sunday that one of its helicopters was involved in a crash around noon the same day.


Company officials said the Bell 407 went down into the Gulf of Mexico between Galliano and Venice. The rotorcraft was only carrying the pilot and a passenger.


Officials identified the passenger as Nicholas Duplantis of Houma. His body was found.


The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office is assisting with the search. The Bristow Company has sent its response team to the area.


Company officials said the families of the pilot and passenger have been notified.


"Our highest priority is assisting those involved and impacted by the accident," said president and CEO Don Miller.


Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wdsu.com

UPDATE:  Bristow Group Inc. has confirmed it will continue to assist in recovery efforts relating to yesterday’s rotoraft 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.”

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 rotorcraft 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 rotorcraft 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.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.klfy.com

HOUSTON, MARCH 11, 2019 -- 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. 


“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.”


Original article can be found here ➤ http://bristowgroup.com


One person was killed and another is missing after a helicopter operating between Galliano and Venice crashed into the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, authorities said.

Bristow Group Inc., which owns the a Bell 407 helicopter with registration number N577AL, said the rotorcraft was carrying one passenger and one crew member. Neither were identified by authorities.

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

“Our highest priority is assisting those involved and impacted by the accident,” Bristow Group President and CEO Don Miller said in a news release.

The families of those onboard the rotorcraft have been contacted, he said, and the company is in the process of collecting information.

Bristow Group’s incident response team has been mobilized and is working with law enforcement, he added.

Houston-based aviation company Bristow Group has a heliport in Galliano.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.houmatoday.com

HOUSTON, MARCH 10, 2019 – Bristow Group Inc. confirmed today one of its helicopters, registration N577AL, was involved in an accident at about 12 p.m. Central Time today in the Gulf of Mexico. The aircraft, a Bell 407, was operating between Galliano and Venice, Louisiana.

Preliminary information indicates the rotorcraft was carrying one passenger and one crew member. Bristow Group’s incident response team has been mobilized. The company is fully cooperating with authorities responding to the accident.


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


The families of those onboard the rotorcraft have been contacted. The company is in the process of collecting information and will release more details at bristowgroup.com as soon as it is available.


Original article can be found here ➤ http://bristowgroup.com

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