“We received a phone call of at helicopter down at 10:44 a.m. this morning,” said Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Director Maxine Trahan. “Witnesses said the helicopter was flying too low and hit a guy wire which was one of several helping to hold up the tower.”
Several people along Benton Rd. were worried that the tower may fall due to the wire being cut. However, Trahan said that nobody in the area was in any danger.
“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) are currently on the way,” said Trahan. “Until then we are securing the area simply for safety purposes.”
“I heard the copter fly over and it did sound like it was right over my house,” said an area resident who wished to remain anonymous. “Then I heard a thud and a sound that may have been the chopper blades hitting the ground. I thought that don’t sound right”
Dozens of onlookers drove slowly by the area which somewhat hindered emergency response teams from getting to the area in a timely manner. However, as more officers arrived they began to keep the traffic flowing smoothly.”
The helicopter, which was identified as a four seated Bell 206, was out of Texas, nor the name of the pilot or the reason he was in the area at the time is currently unavailable.
The Post-Signal will keep on updating the situation as details become available.