Thursday, May 24, 2007
Sea Plane Hits Boat on Takeoff; 1 Dead
The Associated Press
LEEVILLE, La. A sea plane that was trying to take off collided with a small private fishing boat on a bayou Thursday afternoon, killing a man in the boat.
Authorities do not believe the plane, operated by Chevron Corp., became airborne before the wreck. It sank to the bottom of a shallow part of Bayou Lafourche, with part of it remaining above the surface.
Three people in the plane were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Lafourche Parish sheriff’s spokesman Larry Weidel said.
The man who died was believed to be the only person on the 18-foot boat.
Alex Yelland, a Chevron spokesman based in San Ramon, Calif., confirmed that a company-operated plane was involved in the accident. The three people aboard the plane all were Chevron employees, he said.
The area where the crash occurred, about 60 miles south of New Orleans, is laced with crisscrossing navigational canals, Weidel said, but he could not recall similar accidents in recent years. The area is a staging ground for companies serving oil and natural gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
FAA ](http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNumSQL.asp?NNumbertxt=45WT) registered owner - Chevron[ ]FAA](http://www.faa.gov/data_statistics/accident_incident/preliminary_data/events01/media/01_45WT.txt) preliminary report May 25/07
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