04 January 2009

cnn: phi, inc. owned helicopter crashes in terrebonne parish, la. 8 dead updated

PHI identifies victims of deadly helicopter crash

The passengers were working for two different companies, Dynamic Industries ("Dynamic") and MMR Offshore Services ("MMR").

The surviving passenger is Steven Yeltin, 28, of Floresville, TX. He is listed in critical condition. He works for Dynamic.

Those who died are listed below:

Allen Boudreaux Jr., 23, of Folsom, LA (Dynamic)
Andrew Moricio, 29, of Morgan City, LA (Dynamic)
Ezequiel Cantu, 35, of Morgan City, LA (Dynamic)
Randy Tarpley, 53, of Jonesville, LA (Dynamic)
Charles Wilbur Nelson, 24, of Pensacola, FL (MMR)
Jorey A. Rivero Sr., 35, of Westwego, LA (MMR)
Thomas Ballenger, 63, of Eufaula, AL (PHI Pilot-in-Command)
Vyarl Wayne Martin, 46, of Hurst, TX (PHI Second-in-Command)

The cause of the accident is unknown and is under investigation by the Company and the NTSB. ~ read more

see also nola.com: all nine victims identified in deadly phi helicopter crash in terrebonne, parish

update: video from abc-26, wgno, new orleans, la. monday 05 january 2009
see: eight dead, one hurt after chopper crashes in la. marsh
according to cnn, [video] a helicopter owned by phi, inc. [website] crashed in terrebonne parish, louisiana, killing 7 of 9 passengers.

according to the phi, inc., website, its, "core business consists of offshore operations in the energy basins around the world."
see also houma today 'eight dead, one injured in terrebonne copter crash'

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terrebonne parish sheriff's office website - www.tpso.net
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