OMNI Announces Helicopter Accident

Omni Energy Services Corp. reports that one of its Bell 407s crashed around noon on Friday while attempting to land on an offshore platform located at Ship Shoal 130E in the Gulf of Mexico. The helicopter carried a pilot and three passengers. While all persons were able to exit the helicopter, one passenger died as a result of the accident. The exact cause of death has not yet been determined. The pilot sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries and the remaining two passengers were treated and released with minor injuries.

In a prepared statement, James C. Eckert, OMNI's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the passenger who died as a result of this accident. We extend our sympathy to the families, co-workers and friends of all those touched by this loss."

"The National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") is investigating the accident. Our internal review of this tragic incident leads us to believe the accident was not the result of a mechanical failure. It appears that on final approach to the designated safe landing area, the main rotor blade of the helicopter struck a piece of equipment temporarily placed on the platform. We intend to cooperate fully with the NTSB and will await the final results of their investigation of the incident," added Eckert.

Headquartered in Carencro, LA, OMNI Energy offers a broad range of integrated services to geophysical companies engaged in the acquisition of on- shore seismic data and through its aviation division, transportations services to oil and gas companies operating in the shallow, offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The company provides its services through several business units: Seismic Drilling, Helicopter Support, Permitting and Seismic Survey. OMNI's services play a significant role with geophysical companies who have operations in marsh, swamp, shallow water and the U.S. Gulf Coast also called transition zones and contiguous dry land areas also called highland zones.