Services operator Petrofac said a helicopter carrying out a routine infield flight off Dubai crashed into the deck of the Resilient jackup drilling rig during take-off before breaking and falling into the sea yesterday evening, killing all seven passengers on the flight.
The Aerogulf Bell 212 helicopter carrying two crew members and five passengers, was engaged in a routine infield flight to the Rashid field around 70 kilometres off Dubai.
Immediately following the incident, a fire broke out on the main deck of the drilling rig which was quickly contained and extinguished.
Emergency response vessels and aircraft were mobilised and incident management control measures were immediately initiated in co-operation with the Dubai Police and Coastguard.
By 01:30 hours this morning, it was confirmed that there were no survivors, and that there were no additional casualties on either the drilling rig or the platform.
All operations on the Rashid field have been suspended and the platform and drilling rig have been secured.
The relatives of the deceased, who are contractor personnel and are confirmed as non UAE nationals, are currently being informed.
No Petrofac personnel are among the deceased.
An accident investigation has been initiated with Dubai Police and the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.