Petrobras helicopter crashes offshore Brazil

By Phaedra Friend Troy

A helicopter carrying personnel for Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) crashed into the Atlantic Ocean offshore Brazil Friday.

The crew was headed to offshore platform P-65, but never arrived. Enacting emergency safety plans for the Campos Basin, Petrobras began a search for the missing helicopter.

The helicopter rental company requested authorization for an emergency landing at the Macae Airport in Rio de Janeiro Friday, August 19, but the airport lost contact with the Senior Taxi helicopter at 5 p.m. local time.

The helicopter was transporting four men, two of which worked for Engevix and the other two were the flight crew.

According to a report from Forbes, the helicopter crashed about 62 miles from the coast, and three of the four bodies have been recovered at a water depth of 324 feet on the sea floor. The search continues for the fourth man.

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