Lt. Kelly Skiles of the Coast Guard in New Orleans confirmed that the body of Lloyd Beard, 57, of Hallsville, Texas, was found Tuesday morning by searchers for Petroleum Helicopters Inc. She did not have details, and PHI Human Resources Manager Ed Gatza could not be reached for comment.
Beard, a Shell Oil Co. employee, was one of three men who died after a PHI helicopter crashed in the Gulf on Friday while coming in for a landing at a Shell Oil Co. natural gas transmission platform.
The Coast Guard reported heavy rain and squalls at about the time the pilot was last heard from about 10:15 a.m. Friday. The pilot, Quan C. Le of Euless, Texas, also died in the crash as did Shell employee Terry Higginbotham, 32, of Conroe, Texas. Their bodies were recovered late Sunday.
Higginbotham was an instrument and electrical specialist and Beard was an operations measurement technician.
The tragedy marks the seventh helicopter crash, three with fatalities, in the Gulf this year, according to National Transportation Safety Board statistics. The helicopter involved in Friday's accident was a Bell 206L3.
Another PHI helicopter went down in the Gulf on Aug. 13. Three people were killed and two were injured in that crash.
The October 10th crash is still under investigation.
In 2003, the National Transportation Safety Board reported the following Gulf of Mexico crashes:
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