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Helicopters Collide Over Gulf

October 5, 1998

CAMERON, La. (AP) _ Two helicopters collided over the Gulf of Mexico this morning. One pilot was killed and the other was rescued.

There were no passengers aboard either helicopter. The accident happened about 107 miles south-southeast of Cameron, La.

The body of the dead pilot, who worked for Tex Air Helicopters of Houston, was pulled from the water late this morning, the Coast Guard confirmed. A man who answered the phone at Tex Air headquarters would say only that the company was investigating.

A boat in the area rescued the other pilot, who worked for Petroleum Helicopters Inc. and was flying between two offshore rigs when the accident happened. He appeared to have only minor injuries, but a medical helicopter was flying him to shore for a checkup, company spokesman Ed Gatza said.

The Coast Guard sent a jet from Mobile, Ala., a helicopter from New Orleans and a cutter from Freeport, Texas, to the crash site during the search for the pilots.

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