Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Bell OH-58C, N902LP: Accident occurred February 22, 2021 in Greensburg, St. Helena 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 

Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office

Location: Greensburg, LA 
Accident Number: CEN21LA135
Date & Time: February 22, 2021, 14:00 Local 
Registration: N902LP
Aircraft: Bell OH-58
Injuries: 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Public aircraft

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell 
Registration: N902LP
Model/Series: OH-58 C
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHDC,44 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 340°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Greensburg, LA 
Destination: Greensburg, LA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.830033,-90.668565 (est)

St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Nathaniel “Nat” Williams would like to thank everyone for their concerns and prayers shown to the LPSO deputies and Chief of Operations Joe Chaney on today.  Chief Chaney was on board with 2 LPSO deputies that were assisting the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office in a missing person case.  So thankful that those aboard were not seriously injured.  Many thanks shown to not only LPSO deputies and Chief Chaney but Sheriff Ard as well for always assisting us when in need.  I ask that you please continue to pray for those involved in the incident.

Sheriff Jason Ard,  Livingston Parish

By now, many of you have learned about an incident involving LPSO deputies & our LPSO helicopter.  I want to thank each & everyone of you who checked in with us to find out how you can support these deputies.  Fortunately, they were able to walk away from the incident without serious injuries.  For that, I am very thankful.

For those of you who don’t know, we were assisting the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office on an active case in Greensburg today.  Upon take off, a malfunction caused the helicopter to roll.  3 people were on board at the time - 2 LPSO deputies & 1 St. Helena deputy.  Those 3 are now at a local hospital to be examined for minor to moderate injuries.  

We are working with the FAA to determine the cause of today’s incident.  

Please continue to keep these deputies in your thoughts & prayers as this type of situation is difficult on everyone involved.

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