Helicopter crashes into oil rig off Dubai coast; 7 dead

September 4, 2008 15:36


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A helicopter carrying foreign contractors crashed into an oil platform off the coast of Dubai, killing all seven people on board and halting production in one of the emirate's four offshore oil fields, officials said Thursday. The helicopter crashed on Wednesday night, and a fire broke out shortly after the crash on the main deck of the rig, which is located in the Rashid field about 70 kilometers off shore. Petrofac and Dubai Petroleum said the blaze was quickly extinguished but that all operations in the Rashid field have been halted. Olly Scott, a spokesman representing Petrofac, said it was unclear when the rig would be back in service. The victims included a citizen each from the United States, United Kingdom, Pakistan, the Philippines and Venezuela, as well as two Indians, the Emirati aviation authorities said.

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