The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call at 5:35 pm on Tuesday evening regarding a plane that made a crash landing into Bayou Chene, approximately 17 nautical miles south of Patterson. Once the Piper PA-34 twin-engine airplane was found, it was determined that it was located in Terrebonne Parish.
The plane was traveling from Slidell to Patterson and was reportedly low on fuel. The U.S. Coast Guard said the pilot shut down the engines to conserve fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing.
Four occupants were on board the plane at the time it went down, including the pilot, co-pilot and two passengers. The survivors were hoisted by the Air Station New Orleans aircrew and transported by a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to the Patterson Airport where Acadian Ambulance was on standby. One person suffered a minor injury to the arm, but all four occupants refused medical treatment upon arrival at the airport. Acadian Ambulance was assisted at the airport by the Patterson Volunteer Fire Department.