(Drops reference to $280 million gain in paragraph 1)
Oct 31 (Reuters) - U.S. oil and gas producer Hess Corp posted its first quarterly profit since 2014 on Wednesday, benefiting from a recovery in crude prices.
Net income attributable to Hess was $52 million, or 14 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to a loss of $624 million, or $2.02 per share, a year earlier.
Total production, excluding Libya, came in at 279,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). (Reporting by John Benny in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr)