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Small Plane Crashed in Louisiana; No Injuries Reported

A small plane crashed in a hay field in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, on August 17th.

Authorities said the Beechcraft Bonanza plane had lost power shortly after taking off from Louisiana Regional Airport.

There were two people aboard at the time; both of them remained uninjured.

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ExpressJet Flight Diverts to Louisiana After Hydraulic Failure

ExpressJet flight EV-4114 had to divert for an emergency landing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on February 22nd.

The plane flying from Houston, Texas, to Charleston, South Carolina, was diverted due to a hydraulic failure.

The plane landed uneventfully.

Everyone aboard remained safe.

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Small Plane Crashes into Lake in Louisiana; 2 Missing

A small Cessna crashed into Lake Pontchartrain near the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, New Orleans, Louisiana, on the night of August 27th.

There were three people onboard out of whom a woman was rescued and taken to hospital.

Two missing persons are still being searched for.

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Southwest Airlines Plane Diverts to Louisiana after Lost Cabin Pressure

southwest_airlines_logoSouthwest Airlines flight WN-775 had to divert and make an emergency landing at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Louisiana, on July 29th.

The Boeing 737-700 en-route from Tampa, Florida, to San Antonio, Texas, had to divert due to loss of cabin pressure.

The plane landed safely.

All 125 passengers and 5 crew members aboard remained unhurt.

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Bird-Hit AA Plane Makes Safe Landing in New Orleans

american airlinesAmerican Airlines flight AA-2386 had to make an emergency landing in New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 8th.

The plane was flying from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when a bird hit it, prompting the pilots to declare an emergency.

The plane landed safely. No injuries were reported.

The aircraft’s radome was damaged due to bird strike.

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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Louisiana

A small plane made an emergency landing in a parking lot in LaPlace, St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, on November 26.

Authorities said the plane, that took off from the Reserve airport, had to land in emergency due to engine trouble.

The plane landed safely on Belle Terre Boulevard and both occupants, including the pilot and a passenger, remained unhurt.

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Rescue Helocopter Crashes during Maintenance Flight

A Metro Aviation / Life Air Rescue Eurocopter EC-135P-1 was on a test flight with the pilot and two mechanic aboard when it crashed in a field behind Metro Aviation. All three aboard were injured, and hospitalized at Willis-Knighton Hospital.

There was fuel on the ground, so emergency responders followed hazmat protocol. The accident was close to Shreveport Downtown Airport in a field at Hawn and North Thomas Avenue.

The leased EC135 experienced mechanical problems and was in for maintenance..

The affected helicopter has no history of problems, and has current certification. The cause of the incident has not yet been determined or released.

Sikorsky Helicopter Crashes in Louisiana, 3 fatalities

On March 15, 2013, an Era Helicopters LLC Sikorsky S-76A with three board crashed just before noon in Cameron Parish Louisiana in a remote area of swampy/muddy pastureland with only four-wheeler access.

The helicopter had taken off from Lake Charles Regional Airport. Emergency services responded to the scene, but access was limited to 4 wheel vehicles.

The helicopter was on a maintenance test flight with the pilot and two mechanics aboard. The fatalities were listed as the pilot, William R. Croucher, 69, of California; and two mechanics: Michael Lee Tyree, 55, of Iowa, La., and Timothy Lloyd Goehring, 41, of Sulphur, La.

Era helicopters normally provides transport to oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, but this flight was reported as a maintenance flight.

THe FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

Era Helicopter’s statement:
“We deeply regret this unfortunate accident and we will use all of our resources to support the families of those involved. Our review will continue in concert with the investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, which has jurisdiction over this matter”

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Monroe Crash Kills Pilot and Three Passengers

On January 24, 2013, a Central Flying Services Inc Beechcraft A36 Bonanza en route from Beaumont Municipal to Monroe Regional Airport was on approach to Monroe when it crashed for unknown reasons. Four minutes before the crash, the pilot told ATC of problems with the plane’s landing gear. ATC lost contact with the plane at 1:49 p.m. The plane crashed eight miles from the airport. Witnesses saw the plane circle and nosedive into the woods.

The plane impacted behind Ouachita Correctional Center in Richwood. The manifest says Dean Hart Sr. of West Monroe, owner of Hart Commercial Investments, and Max Larche of Bastrop, engineer with Lazenby & Associates in West Monroe and Don Thompson of Monroe were passengers aboard the flight. The three businessmen were returning from a business trip to Beaumont.

The pilot was also a fatality.

Emergency services included police and fire firefighters, firefighters on ATV. Firefighters relied on fire extinguishers to put out the blaze.

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Pintail Lodge Helicopter Crashes in Louisiana

What: Pintail Lodge Inc.Bell 206B JetRanger
Where: Lyons Point, Crowly, LA
When: Oct 10, 2102
Who: 1 fatality
Why: A helicopter out of Texas was flying low over a Crowly Louisiana field when it made contact with a KSIG radio guidewire.

The helicopter subsequently crashed in the field. Local residents who heard the impact described a thud.

The pilot was identified as Hugh Clifton Kelley, 66, of Beaumont.

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Baton Rough Cockpit Meltdown

Andrew Alessi was in an accident Interstate 10 and wanted police to kill him; then he bought a ticket, cleared security and when the flight was open for staff to get on board to clean the plane, stormed into the American Eagle jet just ahead of pursuit where he locked himself in the impregnable cockpit. No passengers were aboard.

The ground crew disconnected the batteries so he couldn’t start the airplane. After three hours, FBI negotiators talked him out. Alessi was put into lockdown after being taken into custody by Baton Rouge Police and faces charges.
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Belle Isle Chopper Crash Kills Two

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Contact photographer Cory Watts

What: Cenac Marine Services Robinson R-44 en route from Houma-Terrebonne
Where: Belle Isle
When: January 19, 2012
Who: 2 fatalities
Why: After taking off from Houma-Terrebonne airport, the chopper crashed a few miles from East Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in a marshy area. Flames from the crash were seen from a distance. Hunters and fishermen in the area called 911 to report the helicopter afire. The crash claimed the lives of those aboard. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries assisted along with several agencies with search, rescue, and recovery.

Pilot Jason McKean, and Lanny Ledet had been on the way to an alligator-industry conference in Plaquemines Parish.

Jason McKean had been flying for twenty years. The bodies of the victims were recovered 13 miles southwest of Morgan City.

The cause of the crash is unknown. The FAA is investigating. Tje MTSB saod there was no indication that anything broke off the helicopter before the crash. The final report will not be due for another eighteen months.
Regis#: 369TL Make/Model: R44 Description: R-44 Astro
Date: 01/19/2012 Time: 1555
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:N
Damage: Unknown
City: BELLE ISLE State: LA Country: US
INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 2
# Crew: 1 Fat: 1 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Pass: 1 Fat: 1 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
WEATHER: 191255Z AUTO 00000KT 9SM OVC018 07/06 A3012
Activity: Unknown Phase: Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: BATON ROUGE, LA (SW03) Entry date: 01/20/2012

Chopper Crash in Louisiana, 2 lost

What: Cenac Marine Services Robinson R44 Raven II
Where: Belle Isle area east of Wax Lake, LA
When: Jan 19, 2012, 7:30 am
Who: 2 aboard
Why: A helicopter flying south of Morgan City crashed into a marsky area east of Wax Lake. Fishermen called 911 when they saw the burning wreckage.

The Cenac Marine Services helicopter crashed at 7:30 am, killing the two aboard.

In St. Mary Parish, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has four boats and six agents engaged in search, rescue and recovery. FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will be arriving ASAP.

Street Landing in Big Easy

What: Single engine 1960 Piper Tri-Pacer en route from Lakefront Airport to St. Charles Parish
Where: Harrison Avenue and West End, New Orleans
When: April 16, 2011, 2:15 pm
Who: pilot
Why: Pilot Houston Hunter had dropped off his grandson at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans and was en route to Ama Airport in St. Charles Parish when he had mechanical problems and lost power. The pilot turned and tried to return to Lakefront, but had to make an emergency landing on the boulevard median, striking a minivan. Hunter injured his arm. There were three adults and two children in the van but no one was injured.

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New Orleans: Smokeless Emergency Landing Examined

The NTSB report says there was no smoke, no burning and wonders why the CVR and data recorder were turned off before the incident. (Procedure for the ECAM indication is to shut down certain electrical systems.) Pilots were acting on “autothrottle-related message” followed by an avionics smoke warning message that was accompanied by “instructions to land” but apparently neither the pilots and crew (who “reportedly received automated warnings and detected smoke in the cockpit) actually smelled smoke. Furthermore some news articles have talked about passengers being treated for smoke exposure which was more likely injury occurring on an emergency slide.

What: United Airlines Airbus A320-200 en route from New Orleans,LA to San Francisco,CA
Where: Louis Armstrong Airport
When: April 4 2011 7:20 a.m. after a 13 minute flight
Who: 100 passengers 5 crew
Why: After takeoff, the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit, and returned to the airport. The pilot reported losing all instruments, and landed on backup power, blowing out a tire and running off the runway. Passengers evacuated via slides.

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Coast Guard Rescues 4 in Gulf of Mexico

What: Helicopter afloat in Gulf of Mexico
Where: Terrebonne Parish
When: September 1, 2010, 8:40 a.m.
Who: Reid Aldrich of Nampa, Ind., David Portlock of Lafayette, Brian Meadows of Carencro, and John Howell of Cape Coral, Fla.
Why: Helicopter over the Gulf of Mexico made an emergency landing IN the Gulf, staying afloat with flotation devices until rescued by two Coast Guard Dolphin helicopters. Good Samaritan fishing vessel, Nhu-Uyen and motor vessel CAPT. Joel assisted in the rescue. The injured were taken to Terrebonne General Medical Center. There were no fatalities.

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Louisiana plane crash

What: Southern Seaplane
Where: BELLE CHASSE, La in Plaquemines Parish Oak river
When: July 24 2010.
Who: Instructor and student pilot
Why: While the student pilot and teacher were practicing touch-and-go landings near Delacroix Island, the small plane encountered wind shear, causing it to flip over. The pilot and student on-board were on board. Two men out boating were flagged down by the instructor pilot Lyle Panepinto, 51, who survived the crash and was standing on the pontoons of the overturned plane. The student pilot, Jeffrey Wallace Dickson of Cumming, Ga, who for the U.S. Department of Interior, was trapped inside in the marsh and was taken directly to the hospital where he was declared dead.

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Federal Officials Investigating Louisiana Crash

What: Sikorsky S-76C helicopter, operated by PHI Inc
Where: Louisiana marshland – Bayou Penchant area about 100 miles from New Orleans in southwestern Terrebonne Parish
When: Sunday Jan. 4, 2009
Who: eight fatalities, one survivor. The helicoptor was carrying two pilots and seven passengers The dead were identified as Allen Boudreaux, of Ama, La.; Andrew Moricio and Ezequiel Cantu of Morgan City, La.; Randy Tarpley of Jonesville, La.; Jorey A. Rivero, of Bridge City, La.; Charles W. Nelson of Pensacola, Fla.; Thomas E. Ballenger of Eufaula, Ala. and Vyarl W. Martin of Hurst, Texas. The injured survivor is Steven Yeltin was medevacted; he is listed as being in critical condition and is awaiting to be transferred to Oschner Medical Center from the Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center in Houma. Mike Moreno, CEO of the Moreno Group along with Dynamic Industries, employed five of the victims.
Why: The helicopter is believed to have crashed about seven minutes after it took off at 3 p.m, A distress signal was received just after 3. The NTSB investigation is well underway and the black box has already been recovered.

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