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9/13/07 Hosston, LA

FAA to Investigate Deadly Chopper Crash in Caddo Parish

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration will be in Hosston, LA, Thursday to look into the cause of a helicopter crash that killed two people. The chopper went down around 6:30 p. m. Wednesday in a heavily wooded area near Gator Hole Freeway and Hosston-Vivian Road in Hosston.

According to Cindy Chadwick with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, 911 dispatchers began receiving several calls at that time from people who reported hearing a low flying aircraft and, then, seeing smoke. Chadwick said deputies immediately began looking for a possible crash site but could not locate it right away.  They soon called for help from the Civil Air Patrol, a private pilot and Life Air.


"Life Air was able to locate the wreckage," said Chadwick.  "It was still on fire when they found it, so deputies were able to pinpoint that location."


Deputies, using machetes, hacked through thick brush in order to reach the site.  That's when they discovered the bodies of two people, Chadwick said.  One person appeared to have fallen from the chopper, while the other was still strapped in the wreckage and burned beyond recognition, according to investigators at the scene.  They still have not been identified, although paperwork on the ground reportedly makes reference to a flight school in California.


The sheriff's office, meanwhile, kept a deputy in place all night long to watch over the scene.


"The wreckage has to stay here," Chadwick said.  "The FAA will be here and they'll do an independent investigation, so we don't want anything to be compromised when they get here to conduct the investigation that they need to do."


 In addition to identifying the victims, FAA investigators will be looking into the origin of the flight and the cause of the crash.


  Story by Katrina Webber
Additional reporting by David Begnaud

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