Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Rotorcraft conducting a missing person search and lifted off from a field and tipped over for unknown reasons. 

Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office

Date: 22-FEB-21
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N902LP
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: OH58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)

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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