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    traffic two o'clock two miles southbound flight of four C-130s

    Petroleum Helicopters International S-76 Down In Louisiana

    from Aviation International:
    PHI S-76 Down In Louisiana
    Six of seven passengers and both pilots died when a two-year-old Sikorsky S-76C++ crashed into a swamp just seven minutes after takeoff from Amelia, La., on Sunday afternoon. The Petroleum Helicopters Inc.-operated helicopter was outbound to Shell Oilís South Timbalier 300 Block platform in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the NTSB, the helicopter was equipped with both a cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder, and both are expected to be recovered. PHI pilots Thomas Ballenger and Vyarl Martin did not transmit a distress call before the accident. Weather at the time of the crash was reported as visibility 10 miles with a few clouds at 1,000 feet. The crash site was located approximately 10 miles south of Morgan City, La. Rescue workers were forced to access the site with air boats. An ELT signal from the helicopter was picked up by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in Langley, Va., approximately 20 minutes after the crash.
    it is mathematically impossible for either hummingbirds, or helicopters to fly. fortunately, neither are aware of this.

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    Re: Petroleum Helicopters International S-76 Down In Louisiana

    Saw this on the news last night, as I believe some of the guys on board were from around this area. Sad story, apparently the guy who survived was best friends with one of the deceased...


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