Friday, January 14, 2022

Bell 407, N167RL: Fatal accident occurred January 14, 2022 in Houma, 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 traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bell; Fort Worth, Texas
Rolls Royce; Indianapolis, Indiana
Rotorcraft Leasing Company LLC; Broussard, Louisiana 

Rotorcraft Leasing Company LLC

Location: Houma, Louisiana 
Accident Number: CEN22FA100
Date and Time: January 14, 2022, 10:01 Local
Registration: N167RL
Aircraft: Bell 407 
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi and commuter - Non-scheduled

On January 14, 2022, about 1001 central standard time, a Bell 407, N167RL, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Houma, Louisiana. The commercial pilot and a passenger sustained fatal injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on-demand flight.

ADS-B data showed that the accident flight was at an altitude of about 1,200 ft. mean sea level prior to descending.

A witness near the accident site stated that he saw the helicopter descend into terrain in a nose-down attitude and did not see any parts separate from the helicopter while airborne.

The main rotor blades, main rotor drive system/transmission, engine, and tail boom with attached vertical and horizontal stabilizers, tail rotor gear box and tail rotor blades were located at the accident site.

The main rotor mast and transmission were able to be rotated though by hand without binding or noise. The tail rotor blades were rotated through by hand and the attached tail rotor drive shaft rotated without binding or noise. Chip detectors associated with the transmission, tail rotor, and engine did not exhibit ferrous debris.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N167RL
Model/Series: 407
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code: YTRA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: HUM,9 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:47 Local
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 6 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Venice, LA (VEN)
Destination: Patterson, LA (PTN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 29.491308,-90.42939 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290. 

Dana Burt
July 13, 1970 - January 14, 2022

Memorial services will be held at 5:00 PM on Monday, January 24, 2022 at Vincent Funeral Home - Kaplan honoring the life of Dana Burt, 51, who died Friday, January 14, 2022, with Reverend Thurman Floyd officiating the services. 

He is survived by his fiancѐe, Shelli Koch of Kaplan; his son, Lucas Burt of Kaplan; his daughter, MacKenzie Thomas of Kaplan; and his two brothers, Scotty Hyatt of Abbeville and Troy Burt of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Suire; and his sister, Brenda Jones.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Vincent Funeral Home - Kaplan, 300 N. Eleazar Ave., on Monday, January 24, 2022 from 10:00 AM until the time of the services at 5:00 PM.

 Dylan Horn

 Dylan Horn and Dana Burt

The two people killed in a helicopter crash in Lafourche Parish have now been identified.

According to the Lafourche Parish coroner's office, the two men who died in that crash on the morning of January 14, have been identified as 30-year-old Dylan Horn of Panama City, Florida, and 51-year-old Dana Burt of Kaplan, Louisiana.

The crash happened in the marsh near Galliano in southeast Louisiana.

Rotorcraft Leasing Co personnel reportedly notified the USCG that their records confirmed an overdue aircraft matching the description with two people on board.

According to the Lafourche Parish Officials, there were no survivors.

Parish President Archie Chiasson said Friday that it appeared that the helicopter nose-dived during the crash and sunk into the mud after impact.

"There is very little of the rotorcraft above the waterline," he said. "You can tell where some of the floats on the side of the helicopter as well as the tail rudder is sticking out of the mud. Other than that, everything else is non-visible."

Parts of the fuselage as well possible rotor were part of the debris field which Chiasson said was located about 150 yards from crash site.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be conducting an investigation into how the rotorcraft crashed.


  1. RIP Dylan...You were a great friend and a great professional
    John C

    1. What a coincidence: Dylan's 407 was serial # 53167. There was an accident when another 407 serial # 53182 crashed 15-20 miles south of Dylan's.