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One dead following helicopter crash off Louisiana coast

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1 dead, 2 injured in helicopter crash off Louisiana coast (photo courtesy: KATC) 1 dead, 2 injured in helicopter crash off Louisiana coast (photo courtesy: KATC)

The company that contracted the helicopter that crashed Wednesday morning off the Louisiana coast near Venice confirms that the pilot of the aircraft is dead and two passengers are injured. All occupants are reportedly from Louisiana.

Four people were rescued from the aircraft. According to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, a nearby supply vessel was able to rescue four people from the aircraft, which crashed approximately 30 miles northeast of Venice in Block 108.

According to a Bobbie Ireland, director of corporate communications in the Americas for the Wood Group, the two injured passengers and a third, unharmed passenger were airlifted to LSU Medical Center in New Orleans.

Ireland says the crash took place while the helicopter was coming off a crew change. The pilot was coming from the Main Pass 107 platform operated by Energy XXI. Ireland says the platform is located about 10 to 15 miles off the Louisiana coast. The helicopter was on its way to the Panther Helicopter facility in Belle Chasse at the time of the crash.

According to the United States Coast Guard, the helicopter is owned by Panther Helicopters.

No names have been released at this time.

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