Sunday, September 04, 2005

Rescue Helo crashes in New Orleans - Updated

Man, not even an hour after I said to keep the rescuers in your thoughts, I get word of this:

::::::::Underscoring the dangerous nature of the operation, a helicopter crashed northwest of downtown New Orleans Sunday evening. The pilot and crew were rescued, said those aboard another helicopter hovering above just after the crash.

The mangled Eurocopter AS 332 Super Puma was lying on its side about four miles from downtown. The Coast Guard carried the crew from the scene on another helicopter.

I'm not sure whose chopper this was. I didn't think the Coast Guard used the Super Puma and I know it's not any of the rest of our military. Perhaps a foreign crew? More details as I get them.

Update: CNN's story has been updated to say that the chopper was believed to be a civilian aircraft participating in the rescue efforts. I'm unable to find anyone claiming the aircraft as one of theirs yet.