“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 guidewire which was one of several helping to hold up the antennae.”
Several people along Benton Rd. were worried that the antennae 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. “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”
The helicopter, which was identified as a four-seat Bell 206, was out of Texas. The name of the pilot or the reason he was in the area at the time was unavailable.