Thibodaux, Louisiana (AP) —It is estimated that pilots and passengers died after a helicopter crashed in a swamp in southern Louisiana, local government officials said.
The Lafourche Parish Coastal Sheriff’s Office was called by a witness who saw an aircraft descend at around 10:15 am in a wetland in southern Louisiana. The wreckage was found in the wetlands around 2:45 pm, parish President Archie Chaison told reporters.
“There are few aircraft above the waterline because the aircraft has plummeted and basically looks like it’s sunk in the mud,” he said, with a portion of the fuselage found about 150 yards (140 meters) away. rice field.
No bodies were found as of Friday afternoon, according to people familiar with the matter.
Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were visiting the area for investigation.
Separately, the United States Coast Guard said in a statement that the New Orleans division coordinated the dispatch of the crew of the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a dedicated shallow boat to assist the scene.
According to the statement, the sheriff’s office was investigating what appeared to be an aircraft debris field, first identified by crew members dispatched from New Orleans Air Base.
The Coast Guard said a civilian helicopter operator, a rotorcraft leasing company, warned authorities that the aircraft was overdue with two passengers.
Chaisson said the company will later publish the names of the people on board.
There was no immediate statement from the leasing company.
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