Saturday, October 17, 2020

Cessna T182T Skylane TC, N707DA: Fatal accident occurred October 16, 2020 near Houma–Terrebonne Airport (KHUM), Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

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

Location: Houma, LA 
Accident Number: CEN21LA018
Date & Time: October 16, 2020, 11:13 Local
Registration: N707DA
Aircraft: Cessna T182 
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 16, 2020, about 1115 central daylight time, a Cessna T182T airplane, N707DA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Houma, Louisiana. The pilot and passenger were both fatally injured. The airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

According to preliminary information, the airplane departed the Houma-Terrebonne Airport (HUM), Houma, Louisiana, about 1109, en route to an undetermined destination. Personnel at the fixed base operator at HUM reported hearing an “open mic” with heavy, rapid breathing on the tower frequency for about 60 seconds before the mic stopped transmitting. Tower personnel were unable to contact the pilot over the radio. A search for the airplane was conducted and law enforcement located the wreckage southwest of the HUM airport in marshy terrain.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N707DA
Model/Series: T182 T 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHUM,10 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:50 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2200 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / 22 knots, 30°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Houma, LA (KHUM) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 29.5521,-90.7514

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Dr. Jan Marie Villemarette

Houma - Dr. Jan Marie Villemarette, 48, of Houma passed away on October 16, 2020, in an aviation accident in Terrebonne Parish. She is survived by her beloved daughters, Katherine Motichek, 15, and Meredith Motichek, 12, of Houma.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation at St. Bernadette Catholic Church on Monday, October 26, 2020 beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Francis Cemetery No. 2.

Dr. Jan, as she was known to her dental patients, was a native of Marksville, La., and was a graduate of Marksville High School, Louisiana College, and LSU School of Dentistry. While her first love was her children, she also embraced the many families and children who were patients. In 2001, she established a private practice in Houma, where she practiced cosmetic and family dentistry. She was active in numerous professional organizations, including the Bayou District Dental Association and the Louisiana Dental Association, and she frequently lectured at LSU dental school.

She was a passionate supporter of her daughters' sports and activities, and you could often find her cheering for them at gymnastics, volleyball, band and softball. Along with her fiancé Omar El-Aazami, who also died in the accident, she was active and accomplished in sporting clay shooting.

In addition to her daughters, Dr. Jan is survived by her parents, Jerry and Carmen Villemarette of Marksville, one brother Chris Villemarette of Lafayette, La., his wife Staci and their children.

In lieu of flowers, the children ask for donations to St. Bernadette Catholic School in Houma 309 Funderburk Ave. Houma, LA 70364 and Louis Infant Crisis Center P.O Box 2866 Houma, LA 70361.

Chauvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Dr. Jan Marie Villemarette.

Two people were killed Friday in a small plane crash outside of Houma, officials said. 

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office identified the pilot as Omar Fouad El-Aazami, 54, of Lumberton, Mississippi, and passenger as Dr. Jan Marie Villemarette, 48, of Houma.

A Cessna 182 carrying two people departed from the Houma-Terrebonne Airport at 11 a.m. en route to Brenham, Texas, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.  

The single-engine plane disappeared from radar around 11:14 a.m. about seven miles southwest of Houma, Knudson said. 

Using coordinates supplied to dispatchers, water patrol agents from the Sheriff’s Office, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and members of the Dularge Fire Department began a search, authorities said.  

After the plane wreckage was found near Lake Hatch patrol and airboats were used in the recovery efforts, the Sheriff’s Office said. 

The bodies of two adults were recovered from the crash site and were released to the Terrebonne Parish Coroner’s Office. Their identities were not released, pending notification of their family members, the Sheriff’s Office said.  

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB, Knudson said. 

“A preliminary report will be made available in a couple of weeks and the investigation will be concluded in 12 to 24 months,” he said. “The preliminary report will lay out some of the facts and circumstances that we know at this point.” 

Sheriff Tim Soignet thanked everyone who helped in the recovery efforts. 

“I am grateful to the Dularge Fire Department and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for their assistance in the location and recovery efforts,” Soignet said. “I also wish to extend my condolences to the families of the victims. Please know that you are all in my prayers during this painful time.”


  1. You will be missed forever Dr.Jan .We love you with all our hearts RIP my great friend You are the best and nobody could ever replace You

  2. ADS-B track suggests a return to RW 36 was underway, speed stayed up as if the engine was still providing power. Some gusting was reported in METAR at 10:50 CDT.

    KHUM 161550Z 03013G22KT 7SM SCT022 21/16 A3019

  3. Looks like he just bought the plane earlier this month.

    The pilot and fiance killed in this crash.


    1. One of the commenters mentioned, "Autopsy revealed Omar suffered a massive heart attack approximately eight miles out from Houma, 1700 ft. altitude, near vertical descent"

    2. I wonder what the commenter's source of information about the pilot's autopsy was.
      According to the FAA pilot registry, the pilot had a basic medical.
      I also wonder what the pilot's medical history was.
      At any rate, my condolences to the families of Jan and Omar.

    3. The basic med entries were from 2018. Airmen Registry also shows pilot has January 2020 Third Class medical, followed by "NOT VALID FOR ANY CLASS AFTER 01/31/2021."

      Third class medical is valid for 24 months in this pilot's age bracket, so there had to be a reason for the reduction to 12 months.

      Medical Information:
      Medical Class: Third Medical Date: 1/2020

    4. The "not valid after" means that the Third Class Certificate was granted under the special issuance protocol. FAA says:

      "Special issuance medical certificates are always time-limited and will explicitly state the date when the certificate expires or is no longer valid.

    5. Did the “near vertical descent” cause him to have a heart attack or did the heart attack come first ?

    6. @Mouser - possible it was a combination of both. There are lots of reports of pilots having severe chest pains and making wrong moves in the cockpit being extremely distracted. That's exactly what happened to a British Airways Trident back in 1972 out of Heathrow: captain was having a massive blockage coronary and after takeoff pulled in the slats (Brits call them droops) too early after takeoff and climbout - Flight 548. Several plane crash shows like Mayday and Air Disasters and Crisis In The Cockpit have done an episode around that accident.

  6. I think you will find that it was the FO who retracted the leading edge droop well before he should have which resulted in an immediate deep stall with no possibility of recovery.

  7. Omar & jan were close friends of mine.Months ago omar suffered a major heart attack and was very fortunate he pulled through it.Im not saying this happened again and caused the crash it's just an opinion.Without an autopsy report or something from the faa there are no facts.RIP DOC & OMAR

  8. "Non-pilots can, in the event of an emergency, take over the controls and bring an airplane down to a successful landing, but it's not easy. A little training, even informally, can greatly increase the odds of a happy outcome and should be considered by anybody who flies regularly with a pilot in a private plane." @