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Petrobras: Transport Helicopter Makes Emergency Sea Landing

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RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian state-run energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA on Wednesday said a cargo helicopter operated by Lider Taxi Aereo made an emergency landing at sea after taking off from a production platform off the coast of Brazil.

The three crew members of the Bell 412 helicopter were safe aboard the P-7 platform in Brazil's Campos Basin, where more than 85% of the country's crude oil is produced, Petrobras said. The helicopter, meanwhile, remains floating on the sea surface.

The "controlled" landing took place after the helicopter lifted off from the FPSO Cidade de Rio de Janeiro floating production, storage and offloading vessel, or FPSO, Petrobras said. The helicopter had been on its way to the P-7 platform, which produces oil from the Bicudo field, before the emergency landing, the company added.

Petrobras said it was investigating the cause of the accident, which has been reported to local regulators, the Navy and Air Force.

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