October 12th, 2012|
October 12, 2012
Helicopters can fly under more severe circumstances and weather conditions than other fixed-wing aircraft, but that also can make helicopters more susceptible to accidents.
Just before noon on Wednesday, a 66-year-old man from Beaumont, Texas crashed his Bell 206 helicopter after striking a wire supporting a radio tower in southern Louisiana, reports the Sacramento Bee. The man, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, died in the crash.
A spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office said it was unclear why the pilot was flying so low. The helicopter crashed roughly 250 yards from the radio tower after striking the support wire.
The pilot’s family members said that he had been in the Lafayette area for routine maintenance on the aircraft and was returning to Beaumont.
This crash comes after another fatal helicopter crash in Intracoastal City, Louisiana, last Friday.
A helicopter on a test flight crashed about a quarter of a mile from where it took off, according to the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Bristow Group, a Houston-based company that provides helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, identified the pilot as a man from Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Federal Aviation Administration has not finished investigating the possible causes of these two helicopter accidents.