Workers Bound for GOM Platform Involved in Fatal Transport Accident

On Sunday, January 4, 2009, at approximately 2:10 pm, a PHI, Inc. Sikorsky S76 medium transport helicopter was involved in a fatal accident approximately 10 miles south of Morgan City, LA. The flight was outbound from PHI's Amelia, LA operating base to Shell's South Timbalier 300 Block offshore platform. There were seven (7) passengers and two (2) PHI pilots on board. Eight souls perished in the accident, and there is one survivor who is in critical condition at a Louisiana hospital.

The passengers were working for two different companies, Dynamic Industries ("Dynamic") and MMR Offshore Services ("MMR"). The surviving passenger is Steven Yeltin of Floresville, TX, who works for Dynamic. Those who perished are listed below:

  • Allen Boudreaux Ama, LA Dynamic
  • Andrew Moricio Morgan City, LA Dynamic
  • Ezequiel Cantu Morgan City, LA Dynamic
  • Randy Tarpley Jonesville, LA Dynamic
  • Charles W. Nelson Pensacola, FL MMR
  • Jorey A. Rivere Bridge City, LA MMR
  • Thomas E. Ballenger Eufaula, AL PHI Pilot-in-Command
  • Vyarl W. Martin Hurst, TX PHI Second-in Command

The cause of the accident is unknown and is under investigation by the Company and the NTSB. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of the families of those who were on board the aircraft. Additional information will be forthcoming.