Preliminary Report: Bell crashes off oil rig

 - December 1, 2008, 8:50 AM

Bell 212, Persian Gulf, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 3, 2008–All seven people aboard the Aerogulf Services Bell 212 were killed when the helicopter hit a crane while taking off from an oil rig in the Persian Gulf. The helicopter had flown cargo from Dubai. After unloading the cargo, it lifted off the helipad, hovered and moved backward into the crane. The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction of the United Arab Emirates.