Angola heli crash: Search underway for missing workers, wreckage

Search and rescue operations continue for two oil workers who went missing after a helicopter carrying six people crashed offshore Angola on Monday. Four other passengers have been confirmed dead.

The accident happened on Monday, after the helicopter bound for the Tombua-Landana offshore platform, operated by Chevron’s subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company, crashed.

While Angola’s Angonoticias reports that all the six people have died; two expatriates and four Angolans, Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Chevron, seeking more info.

This is what the company’s spokesperson told us on Thursday: “The management of Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC), a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, reports that authorities have confirmed the identity of the four bodies recovered from offshore Cabinda as a result of the helicopter accident that occurred on Monday, September 26. Search efforts continue for the other two passengers. On behalf of all employees, CABGOC management offers its most sincere condolences to the families.”

The spokesperson said the incident investigation is ongoing:“Vessels continue to search for the flight data and voice recorder and aircraft wreckage.”

Earlier this week, Chevron told Offshore Energy Today that there were 19 marine vessels and three helicopters involved in the efforts.

The Tombua-Landana field started oil production in September 2009. The field is located in Block 14, 50 miles (80 kilometers) offshore Angola.

Offshore Energy Today Staff


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