According to a study of “Helicopter Crashes Related to Oil & Gas Operations in the Gulf of Mexico” an average of 8.2 helicopter crashes occurred per year in the Gulf of Mexico alone in between the years 2000 and 2009. These crashes resulted in 139 fatalities, of which 98 were passengers.
The NTSB and the FAA require constant inspections and preventative maintenance. Yet, mechanical issues were cited as a factor in almost forty percent of the crashes. Alarmingly, in several instances flotation devices and safety equipment did not perform as they should. Our clients work in the oil and gas industry and have to use these helicopters as part of their jobs. Safety not speed should be the number one priority.
If someone in your family, or someone important to you, has been injured in a helicopter accident, call Sorrels Law today.