Friday, December 30, 2022

Cessna 560 Citation V, N203HS: Incident occurred December 29, 2022 at Sugar Land Regional Airport (KSGR), Houston, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Left main gear exited the tarmac on taxi into the mud. Aircraft became disabled. No damage reported. Aircraft will remain in place until airport can safely reposition. No effect to airport operations. 

Date: 30-DEC-22
Time: 00:04:00Z
Regis#: N203HS
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 560
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Flight Crew: 1 Unknown Injuries 
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

Bell 407, N595RL: Fatal accident occurred December 29, 2022 in Gulf of Mexico

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Number: CEN23FA071

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Rotorcraft flight had arrived at West Delta 106 Platform (WD106) at 0819 (local) with four (4) passengers onboard. The four (4) passengers were dropped off and three (3) passengers boarded the rotorcraft. The rotorcraft departed WD106 enroute to Galliano, Louisiana (KGAO) and crashed back onto the helideck during takeoff, subsequently breaking apart and fell into the Gulf of Mexico. 

Date: 29-DEC-22
Time: 18:23:00Z
Regis#: N595RL
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 407
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 4
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax: 3 Fatal 
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 135
Flight Number: N595RL

David Scarborough, 36, from Lizana, Mississippi is confirmed to be a passenger on the helicopter that crashed off the shore of Louisiana Thursday afternoon. 
(Scarborough Family)

David Scarborough, his wife Lacy, and their son Sawyer who they lost to a drowning in March 2022.
(Scarborough Family)

BILOXI, Mississippi (WLOX) - Officials have called off the rescue mission for survivors of a helicopter crash about 10 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Among the four people on board was a South Mississippi man.

David Scarborough, 36, is an oil rig worker from Lizana, and the nephew of a WLOX staff member. He’s worked offshore for eight years. We’re told he had just completed a two-week shift and was on his way home to celebrate Christmas with his family, including his pregnant wife, Lacy.

This was already a bittersweet time for the family - Back in March, the couple lost their young son, Sawyer, to an accidental drowning. Lacy is now pregnant with a second little boy.

The Thursday morning crash happened around 8:40 a.m. as the helicopter was departing the oil platform. Witnesses said they saw the rotorcraft hit the helicopter pad, then tumble into the water. The Coast Guard does not believe anyone made it out of the helicopter.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard spent hours searching for the pilot and three rig workers on board. Just before 5 p.m., they called off the search and rescue mission. Family members were told the oil rig company will start its own recovery efforts Friday at first daylight.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Jose Hernandez says Rotorcraft Leasing Company owns the helicopter. The platform is owned by a Houston-based company, Walter Oil and Gas.

Weather didn’t appear to be a factor in the crash, Hernandez said, as there were no reports of storms in the area Thursday.

Two weeks ago, the Coast Guard rescued three people after a helicopter crashed off the Louisiana coast while attempting to land on an oil rig platform. That crash occurred Dec. 15 south of Terrebonne Bay, roughly 60 miles (96.56 kilometers) west of the area the Coast Guard was searching Thursday.

Debris from helicopter crash 10 miles off Southwest Pass, Louisiana, December 29, 2022. The Coast Guard suspended its search for four occupants aboard a downed helicopter. One victim was identified by family as David Scarborough of Lizana, Mississippi.