Helicopter With 5 Aboard Crashes Off Texas Coast

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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The Coast Guard says a helicopter carrying five people has crashed off the Texas coast, and rescue crews have picked up one survivor and continue to search for the others.

Petty Officer Renee Aiello says the Coast Guard was alerted Thursday morning by a call from the helicopter leasing company Rotorcraft. It reported that a pilot had not checked in as scheduled.

A rescue helicopter crew found one man and debris in the Gulf of Mexico, about two miles off the coast. His condition is unknown.

Aiello says the helicopter was headed toward an unmanned oil platform about 18 miles offshore. It was carrying the pilot and four passengers.

Sabine Pass is about 90 miles east of Houston.

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