On the last Thursday of 2022, a routine helicopter run from an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico turned into tragedy. Four people—three oil rig workers and one pilot—were on their way to the mainland for a belated celebration of the holidays with their families when the aircraft unexpectedly crashed. The U.S. Coast Guard spent approximately eight hours on December 29th, 2022 scouring 180 square miles of open ocean off the coast of Louisiana for survivors, until they were forced to call off the search.
Finally, on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023, it was reported that the bodies of all four people aboard the helicopter at the time of the crash had been recovered.
Two of the four people have been identified, and their families informed. One was on his way home to his wife; the couple is expecting a child. She said the last message she received from her husband said that the helicopter was taking off and that he would be home soon.
Although the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the scene and confirmed that weather didn’t appear to be a factor, the official cause of the crash has not yet been released.
Arnold & Itkin extends our deepest heartfelt sympathies to the families of those lost in this tragic accident and will be following the incident closely as more information is revealed.