Thursday, January 19, 2012

Louisiana: Two dead in St. Mary Parish helicopter crash

Cenac Marine Services attorney Berwick Duval identified the passenger as Lanny Ledet, manager of the company's Golden Ranch Plantation in Gheens. He says the pilot was not a Cenac employee. Authorities have not released the pilot's name.

MORGAN CITY -- The helicopter that crashed in St. Mary Parish this morning is owned by Cenac Marine Services LLC of Houma, LA, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's registry.

Someone who answered the telephone at Cenac Marine this morning confirmed it is their helicopter, but could not release additional information.

A Robinson R-44 helicopter crashed around 7:30 a.m. today in a marshy area about 13 miles southwest of Morgan City, according to FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

Two people are reported dead.

MORGAN CITY — The Associated Press is reporting that the Federal Aviation Administration through law enforcement that two people are dead in a helicopter crash in St. Mary Parish this morning.

John Sonnier, public information officer with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, tells The Daily Advertiser that they received a call at 9:01 a.m. today, apparently from a boater, reporting he saw a helicopter crash around Wax Lake between Morgan City and Franklin.

The Sheriff's Office, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and U.S. Coast Guard are among those responding.

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