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Coast Guard searching for two people in the Gulf of Mexico, overdue helicopter

The Coast Guard is searching for an airman who fell out of an aircraft on Tuesday.
The Coast Guard is searching for an airman who fell out of an aircraft on Tuesday.(Source: AP Graphic)
Updated: Dec. 7, 2019 at 9:07 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The Coast Guard is searching for two people aboard an overdue helicopter that may have crashed in the Gulf of Mexico on Nov. 7.

The Coast Guard has located debris around 40 nautical miles west of Southwest Pass, according to a spokesperson.

They received a report at 10:37 a.m. from Panther Marine, the owners of the helicopter, stating the crew did not reach their destination. The passengers and Panther Marine lost communications 10 minutes before they were about to land.

The last known position of the helicopter is 13 nautical miles west of Southwest Pass, LA.

According to FAA records, the helicopter was registered to Panther Helicopters of Belle Chasse.

Panther Marine has also sent out divers to assist in the search, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.

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