LAFAYETTE, LA. — Shell has voluntarily stopped using a fleet of Sikorsky S76 C++ helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico following a helicopter crash in early January.
The helicopters are operated by Lafayette, La.-based contractor PHI, Inc. On Jan.4, a Sikorsky S76 helicopter heading from Amelia, La. to a Shell platform on South Timbalier Block 300 in the Gulf of Mexico crashed, killing eight people aboard.
The company is using a combination of other aircraft and marine vessels for its offshore logistics in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, including crew changes. Shell would not speculate on when the S76 helicopters would return to service.
The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board but no conclusive theory on the cause of the crash has been announced yet.
A PHI spokesperson said the company had no comment on the matter.