Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bell 429 GlobalRanger, N598PB: Fatal accident occurred February 14, 2017 in Wallace Lake, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana



http://registry.faa.gov/N598PB 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: Baton Rouge 

Rotorcraft crashed under unknown circumstances into a lake.  The two persons on board were fatallly injured.  Subject of an alert notice.  Wreckage located in Lake Wallace, 12 miles from Shreveport, Louisiana 

Date: 15-FEB-17
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N598PB
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: B429
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: SHREVEPORT
State: LOUISIANA

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov



 Terry and Pam Bailey



Terry and Pamela Bailey


DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Authorities have recovered the remains of the pilot and passenger killed in the crash of a helicopter in Wallace Lake.

The bodies of two people have been recovered in a deadly helicopter crash in DeSoto Parish.

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office confirms that the remains were recovered around 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

The investigation continues into the crash that is believed to have claimed the lives of a couple from Center, TX. 

DeSoto Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle says that belief is based on information from relatives of Terry and Pamela Bailey, along with the registration information connected to the Bell B429 that crashed into the lake late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. 

"We believe that to be (the case), but the positive ID would have to come through the coroner's office," said the sheriff, whose deputies are guarding the crash site until the wreckage can be removed.  

Family members have told the sheriff's office that the Baileys had flown to Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City for a Valentine's Day dinner. 

"They departed from there and didn't make it home." 

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were on the scene at 8 a.m on the lake that straddles Caddo and DeSoto parishes. 

DeSoto sheriff's Capt. Jayson Richardson said the couple was flying in the helicopter at a top speed of 178 miles per hour. 

The wreckage was spotted around 1 p.m. Wednesday after crews were battling overgrowth of giant Salvinia to find it.

The crash left a trail through the trees and seemed to have crashed at a high rate of speed. Fire still was burning late Wednesday night as efforts began to recover their remains.

Richardson said that this recovery operation requires different equipment. 

"We've worked with Caddo, we've worked with Bossier Parish, they brought in an airboat," Richardson said. "We have a hydro track, which allowed us to get in the locations like that, and it still proved difficult even with all that equipment. So it was a mutual thing, and we were able to all come together and make that happen."

Richardson also said that crews are having to build a road to access the crash site. 

Richardson said they've heard a few reports from people near the area who may have heard a crash but did not see the helicopter go down.

Crews from Shreveport Fire Department, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, LifeAir Medical Helicopter assisted with the search.

On Thursday, Center, TX, Mayor David Chadwick released the following statement about the deaths of the Baileys:

"The City of Center grieves with the family of Pam and Terry Bailey in the tragic loss of these two native citizens and friends.  Mr. and Mrs. Bailey had a deep love for their community and enjoyed being a part of its growth and success.  We will miss their devotion to our community and its citizens, their vision and spirit of entrepreneurship, their generosity and Christian witness in their daily walk.  They have enriched our lives and leave a lasting footprint in our community."


Source:  http://www.ksla.com





DESOTO PARISH, LA. - UPDATE: The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office has recovered the remains of two people from the site of a helicopter crash over Wallace Lake and tentatively identified them as Center, Texas couple Terry and Pam Bailey.

The helicopter crashed early Wednesday on the south side of Wallace Lake in DeSoto Parish

Preliminary information indicates that the Bell B429 the crash is registered to an owner in Center which was the apparent destination of the aircraft that took off from the Shreveport Downtown Airport, according to the FAA.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation.

The crash site, which is spread over 75 to 100 yards wide, is located on a swampy area on the south end of the lake. It took over an hour for authorities to get through the difficult terrain of low water, cypress tree knees and giant salvinia.

A command post has been set up at the end of Wallace Lake Road. Authorities expect the recovery effort to span several days.

DPSO crime scene investigators are processing the scene.

Search for the aircraft began around noon in response to a report of a missing helicopter. The regional FAA said it lost track of the aircraft around 12:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Multiple local emergency response agencies worked to track down the helicopter's last known location using GPS provided by the FAA. The wreckage was found around 1 p.m. by Life Air Rescue.

Then, the hard work began trying to reach the crash site by land. DeSoto sheriff's deputies used its Hydrotrac that can maneuver between land and water. Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office sent its airboat, and the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office provided its hovercraft. Shreveport Fire Department and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also assisted. 

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The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office has recovered the remains of two people from the site of a helicopter crash over Wallace Lake.

The helicopter crashed overnight on the south side of Wallace Lake. Information about the victims is not immediately available.

Preliminary information indicates that the Bell B429 is registered to an owner in Center, Texas, which was the apparent destination of the aircraft that took off from the Shreveport Downtown Airport, according to the FAA.

FAA investigators are on their way to the site and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation.

The crash site, which is spread over 75 to 100 yards wide, is located on a swampy area on the south end of the lake. It took over an hour for authorities to get through the difficult terrain of low water, cypress tree knees and giant salvinia.

A command post has been set up at the end of Wallace Lake Road. Authorities expect the recovery effort to span several days.

DPSO crime scene investigators will process the scene. The FAA has provided guidance on what information they are looking for. FAA is expected to have personnel on site Thursday.

Search for the aircraft began before noon in response to a report of a missing helicopter.

The wreckage was found around 1 p.m. by the DeSoto Parish sheriff's helicopter pilot who was scouring the area.

Emergency response crews then had to assemble equipment to physically get to the site.

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle described the location as "in the back of Wallace Lake."

Arbuckle said initial information provided to him indicated a man who was piloting his helicopter did not return home last night. The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft was last spotted near the south end of Wallace Lake in DeSoto Parish.

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is joined by Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, Shreveport Fire Department and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the recovery effort. 


Source:   http://www.cbs19.tv





DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

The bodies of two people have been recovered in a deadly helicopter crash in DeSoto Parish.

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office confirms that the remains were recovered before midnight on Wednesday.

Two people were on board a helicopter when it crashed today in Wallace Lake, the FAA reports.

The Bell B429 is believed to have been flying from Shreveport Downtown Airport to Shelby County, Texas.

"It appears that nobody has survived this crash. And we are just trying to make the recovery of the body at this time," DeSoto Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said.

Preliminary information indicated that the aircraft is registered to someone in Center, Texas, the FAA reports.

The FAA now says the helicopter's tail or N number has been confirmed as N598PB.

The FAA's registry lists that aircraft as a Bell B429 registered to Terry Bailey of the 1000 block of Southview Circle in Center.

People who live in Center tell KSLA News 12 everyone is heartbroken after hearing the news. 

"They were known by everyone here, and everybody loved them and they helped a lot of people. They had a lot of people that worked for them and a lot of people that knew them, and they are both from good families and we're just all devastated," said Lillian Shofner who owns a small business on the square.

Representatives of the DeSoto and Caddo coroner's offices arrived at a well site on the southern end of Wallace Lake and now are being taken to the wreckage.

That's near where first responders searching for a missing helicopter have been battling overgrowth of giant salvinia in their attempts to get to wreckage found on the DeSoto side of the lake.

Authorities from multiple agencies also are working to figure out what led up to the aircraft crashing.

Crews converged on Wallace Lake near the Caddo-DeSoto line after the wreckage was spotted about 1 p.m. today.

DeSoto Parish sheriff's deputies were trying to reach the wreckage from that side of the lake.

Meantime, Shreveport Fire Department crews launched a boat from the Caddo side of the lake.

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office used a helicopter to help search for the missing chopper.

The LifeAir medical helicopter also was asked to help with the search and discovered the wreckage.

Officials from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries confirm that crews from Caddo Parish called and asked for a boat to search Wallace Lake.

FAA investigators are on their way to the site.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will be in charge of the investigation.

Story and video:   http://www.14news.com




Update 5:51 p.m.: The helicopter that crashed in Wallace Lake is registered to Terry Bailey, owner of High Roller Wells LLC of Center, Texas, which provides water disposal and hauling services for oil and gas companies, according to the aircraft registration number released minutes ago by the FAA.

Update 5:25 p.m.: Manufacturer specifications for the type of helicopter that crashed into Wallace Lake – a Bell B429, according to the FAA – specify maximum seating for seven, maximum flight time of 4.5 hours and a range of 472 miles. Bell received FAA certification for the aircraft in 2009. It is often used as an air ambulance.

Update 4:43 p.m.: DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said recovery of the wreckage would be a multi-day effort. At this point, officers still can't reach the crash site. Arbuckle said he believes there are no survivors.

The helicopter crashed into water, but the path to the crash site leads through a marshy area studded with brush and trees.

Arbuckle said the helicopter must have hit trees on its way down because there was a small fire when rescue crews arrived on the scene. Police believe the helicopter crashed about a mile into the lake.

Wallace Lake straddles the Caddo and DeSoto Parish line. The crash site is in DeSoto Parish on the south side of the lake.







A helicopter has crashed into Wallace Lake in DeSoto Parish. Police believe two people were on board (Photo: Seth Dickerson/The Shreveport Times)

Update 4:37 a.m.: Two people were on board the helicopter that crashed into Wallace Lake earlier today, said Lynn Lunsford, the FAA's Mid-States public affairs manager.

From an FAA statement:

A Bell B429 helicopter with two people aboard crashed under unknown circumstances into Wallace Lake today, about 10 miles southeast of Shreveport. The aircraft is believed to have been flying from Shreveport Downtown Airport to Center, Texas, when the accident occurred.

FAA investigators are on their way to the site and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation.

The FAA and NTSB do not release the names of pilots or passengers in air accidents. Those will be provided by local officials after relatives have been notified.

The FAA will release the tail number of the aircraft after accident investigators are able to verify it. Preliminary information indicates that the aircraft was registered to an owner in Center.





Original story:

Crews from Shreveport Fire, Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, DeSoto Sheriff's Office and Desoto Fire are all part of a Wednesday recovery effort of a helicopter that has crashed into Wallace Lake.

Shreveport Fire EMS officer Clarence Reese said the fire department was called to the scene shortly after noon.  After being alerted to the possible crash, Reese said Life Air sent a helicopter up to locate the wreckage.

Blake Woodward with the Desoto Parish Sheriff's Office says the helicopter is believed to have crashed last night.

It is unclear if there were any survivors or if any bodies have been discovered.

Source:  http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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