Accident Description

Accident: Macondo Blowout and Explosion

Location: Location: ,

Accident Occurred On: 04/20/2010 | Final Report Released On: 04/20/2016

Accident Type: Oil and Refining - Fire and Explosion

Investigation Status: The CSB's investigation was unanimously approved by the board.

On April 20, 2010, a sudden explosion and fire occurred on the oil rig. The accident resulted in the deaths of 11 workers and caused a massive, ongoing oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. The rig was located approximately 50 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, and had a 126-member crew onboard.