OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO CLAIM 139 LIVES IN HELICOPTER CRASHES

Mechanical failure most common cause

Contact: Tim ParsonsJohns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy finds that helicopters that service the drilling platforms and vessels in the Gulf of Mexico crash on average more than six times per year resulting in an average of 5 deaths per year. From 1983 to 2009, 178 crashes resulted in 139 deaths, including 41 pilots and 3 co-pilots. Mechanical failure was the most common cause, leading to 68 crashes (38 percent of the total), followed by bad weather (16 percent of the total). Read Full Article Here.

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