Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Piper PA-34-200T Seneca III, N9148B, registered to and operated by Air Reldan Inc: Accident occurred February 06, 2018 in Patterson, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Air Reldan Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N9148B

Location: Patterson, LA
Accident Number: CEN18LA093
Date & Time: 02/06/2018, 1715 CST
Registration: N9148B
Aircraft: PIPER PA 34-220T
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On February 6, 2018, about 1715 central standard time, a Piper PA-34-220T airplane, N9148B, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Patterson, Louisiana. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Air Reldan Inc. as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation (photography) flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was operated on a visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the South Lafourche Leonard Miller Jr. Airport (GAO), Galliano, Louisiana, about 1430 and was destined for the Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport (PTN), Patterson, Louisiana.

The pilot stated that the flight was conducted for the purpose of photographing an oil rig located in the Gulf of Mexico about 185 miles southwest of GAO. They arrived at the oil rig about 1 hour 20 minutes after taking off and circled for approximately 30 minutes. After the photography was complete, the pilot established a course to the intended destination with an estimated time en route of 1 hour 2 minutes. About that time, he noted that the fuel quantity gauges were indicating less than expected. He visually examined the airplane and did not observe any indication of a fuel leak. He elected to deviate to PTN as the "best bet" in light of the low fuel situation. The right engine subsequently lost power about 24 miles from PTN; the left engine lost power several minutes later. The pilot executed a forced landing to a canal adjacent to the Atchafalaya River.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N9148B
Model/Series: PA 34-220T 220T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Air Reldan Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PTN, 9 ft msl
Observation Time: 1656 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Galliano, LA (GAO)
Destination: Patterson, LA (PTN) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  29.709444, -91.338889 (est)




The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people Tuesday evening from a downed airplane that made an emergency landing in a marshy area near Patterson, authorities said.

Four people were traveling in a Piper PA-34 twin-engine plane from Slidell to Patterson about 5 p.m. Tuesday when the aircraft began to run out of fuel, authorities said.

The pilot turned off the plane’s engines to conserve fuel and made a watery landing in the Atchafalaya River, about 17 miles south of Patterson, Coast Guard officials said.

Terrebonne Sheriff’s Office’s Water Patrol deputies were initially dispatched to the scene but were called off because there were no major injuries, sheriff’s Maj. Malcolm Wolfe said.

The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from New Orleans to rescue the downed passengers. The chopper hoisted the four survivors and transported them to Perry’s Flying Center in Patterson, authorities said.

Authorities said one person suffered a minor arm injury.

The downed plane was owned by Air Reldan Inc., authorities said. The St. Tammany Parish-based company operates five aircraft serving both passengers and cargo. According to the company’s website, it offers flight training for single engine and multi-engine aircraft.

Company representatives could not be reached for comment today.




St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in a standby capacity during a US Coast Guard rescue operation Tuesday evening. 

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call at 5:35 pm that a small plane with 4 occupants went down approximately 20 miles south of Patterson. 

It was later determined that the plane made an emergency landing in Bayou Chene in Terrebonne Parish. 

US Coast Guard conducted the rescue out of the Perry Flying Center (the Patterson airport).

Acadian Ambulance and the Patterson Volunteer Fire Department joined deputies to assist as needed. 

All 4 occupants survived the emergency landing.




The Coast Guard reports that they rescued four people from the Atchafalaya River approximately 17 nautical miles south of Patterson, Tuesday afternoon.

Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center say they received notification from the Federal Aviation Administration at 4:59 p.m. that a Piper PA-34 twin-engine airplane traveling from Slidell, Louisiana, to Patterson with four people on board was low on fuel.

According to a release, the airplane pilot shut down the engines to conserve fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing. A rescue group from New Orleans was dispatched shortly after. It was later determined that the plane made an emergency landing in Bayou Chene in Terrebonne Parish.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office assisted with the rescue in a standby capacity during the rescue Tuesday evening. 

The aircrew hoisted the occupants and transported them to Perry's Flying Center in Patterson, Louisiana.

One person suffered a minor injury to the arm.


Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.katc.com

U.S. Coast Guard officers rescued four people from the Atchafalaya River about 17 miles south of Patterson after they performed an emergency landing in their Piper PA-34-200T Seneca III Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The Coast Guard's Eighth District command center received notification around 5 p.m. that a Piper PA-34-200T Seneca III traveling from Slidell to Patterson was getting low on fuel, according to a news release Tuesday evening from the Coast Guard. 

The pilot shut down the plane's engines to conserve fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing. 

The four passengers were rescued by helicopter, according to the release. Only one suffered a minor injury to the arm. 

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.theadvocate.com

The Coast Guard rescued four people from a downed plane in the Atchafalaya River south of Patterson on Tuesday (Feb. 6).

A Piper PA-34-200T Seneca III traveling from Slidell to Patterson in St. Mary Parish ran low on fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing around 5 p.m., the Coast Guard reported.

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans hoisted the survivors and transported them to Perry's Flying Center in Patterson.

One person suffered a minor injury to the arm, the Coast Guard said.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.nola.com

5 comments:

D Naumann said...

"THE PILOT SHUT DOWN THE ENGINES TO CONSERVE FUEL"??? Either the pilot is a complete idiot or the author of the article is!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah ... What would you do to conserve fuel if all you had in the tanks and lines was vapor? Lol

Jim B said...


The fact that a beautiful Seneca III was destroyed buy stupidity is cooky enough.

The insurance company is going to insist someone to get out the check book.

This is why I still say Aviation is not dangerous. Aviation has dangers that must be mitigated to an acceptable level of risk.

A perfectly good airplane in the mud.


Anonymous said...

Looks like back door removed and camera equipment on top of the cabin

lcarson said...

Great job by the Coast Guard and St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Department.