A Robinson R-44 helicopter owned by Cenac Marine Services crashed just after 9 a.m. on January 19 in the outskirts of Morgan City Louisiana. The crash killed a 42-year-old passenger who was a manager for Cenac. He left behind four children. The pilot, on staff at Chet Morrison Contractors, was the only other person on board. He was killed as well, leaving behind two young children.
At this time, the purpose of the flight and its final destination are unknown. Chet Morrison says the two victims were not conducting business for the company. National Transportation and Safety Board Investigator Arnold Scot will travel to the region in the next few days to investigate.
Unfortunately, helicopter crashes are quite frequent, particularly in the Gulf Coast region where they are frequently used to shuttle people to and from oil rigs in the Gulf and other, more remote, areas. In fact, a recent study issued by the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy revealed that helicopters crash an average of six times per year in the Gulf, killing an average of five people and injuring many more. In March, May and August of 2011, three separate Gulf helicopter crashes caused serious injuries for affected passengers.
Attorney Jason Itkin, a Houston personal injury lawyer whose firm Arnold & Itkin specializes in helicopter crashes, explains that the living victims of the incident should not be forgotten, "When a tragic accident such as this occurs, the family left behind cannot be forgotten. If negligence caused this crash, spouses and children may be entitled to compensation that will help them manage after the loss of their loved one." If you have been injured in an aviation accident such as this, contact a Houston helicopter crash attorney from Arnold & Itkin for a free consultation today.