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    plane 9 Men Vanished, 1975

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    ACCIDENT DETAILS
    Date:November 03, 1975Time:13:02Location:Gulf of MexicoOperator:Petroleum HelicopterFlight #:?Route:?AC Type:Bell 212Registration:N90057cn / ln:?Aboard:9 (passengers:8 crew:1)Fatalities:9 (passengers:8 crew:1)Ground:0Summary:The helicopter crashed after the main rotor failed. No occupants ever found.

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    Default Re: 9 Men Vanished, 1975

    The pilot of the craft was
    identified as Chad Clay, 41,
    of Lafayette. The others
    aboard were listed as
    Randolph LuCoste, 49, of
    Morgan City;- Joseph P.
    Chambers, 29, New
    Orleans; Hardy Evans, in
    his late 30s, Centerville;
    Donald D. Deshotel, Jennings;
    Francis Richard,
    Evangeline; James T.
    Barker, Jr., Tioga, Joseph
    Barnaba, Opelousas, and
    Larry Lewis, Lafayette.
    Ages of the last five men
    were unavailable.

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    Default Re: 9 Men Vanished, 1975

    Searchers Find
    Copter Wreckage
    New Orleans(UPI)
    Coast Guard searchers
    Tuesday found floating
    debris "from a helicopter
    which disappeared with
    nine men aboard on a
    OSmile f l i g h t to the
    Louisiana coast from a Gulf
    of Mexico oil rig. None of
    the missing men was found.
    "We've had absolutely no
    traces of human life except
    a shaving kit," said Coast
    Guard spokesman Dave
    Cipra. "No traces of the
    pilot or passengers at all."
    Wreckage of the twinengine
    Bell 212 helicopter,
    which disappeared Monday,
    was found in the gulf
    by the crew of a Coast
    Guard helicopter and
    picked up by a Coast Guard
    cutter. Before it disappeared,
    the ferrying
    helicopter sent a radio
    message that it would be
    diverting from its planned
    course due to bad weather.
    "It was really just a fluke
    sighting," Coast Guard
    spokesman Ken Freeze
    said. "The life raft our
    helicopter spotted wasn't
    even from this (missing)
    helicopter, as it turned out.
    It must have fallen off a rig
    a long time ago or
    something, with barnacles
    and had been in the water- a
    lot more than 24 hours."
    The helicopter, owned by
    Petroleum Helicopters,
    Inc., of Lafayette, La., was
    en route to Intracoastal
    City, C5 miles from . the
    Tenneco Oil Co. rig Martin i
    where it picked up
    crewmen before the crash.
    All of the men aboard were
    from Louisiana.
    Seas in the search area
    were from one to two feet
    with 10 knot winds and
    excellent visibility.
    "Sometimes if it's flat
    calm, we have trouble
    sighting things on the
    water, but this way they
    bob up and down and we
    can see them faster," Cipra
    said.More than a dozen Coast
    G u a r d and p r i v a t e
    helicopters and rescue
    craft converged on the
    scene, 73 miles southwest of
    Intracoastal City.
    The missing helicopter
    was equipped with rescue
    gear, but it was not known
    whether the men had been
    able to set up the equipment
    before the crash.
    The pilot of the craft was
    identified as Chad Clay, 41,
    of Lafayette. The others
    aboard were listed as
    Randolph LuCoste, 49, of
    Morgan City;- Joseph P.
    Chambers, 29, New
    Orleans; Hardy Evans, in
    his late 30s, Centerville;
    Donald D. Deshotel, Jennings;
    Francis Richard,
    Evangeline; James T.
    Barker, Jr., Tioga, Joseph
    Barnaba, Opelousas, and
    Larry Lewis, Lafayette.
    Ages of the last five men
    were unavailable.
    The Galveston Daily News
    Wednesday Morning, November 5, 1975

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