Sheriff: 3 dead in Louisiana helicopter crash

CAMERON, La. (AP) - Three people died in a helicopter crash Friday in a remote area of southwestern Louisiana's Cameron Parish.

Cameron Parish Sheriff Ron Johnson said the crash was reported at 11:45 a.m. Friday. A pilot and two passengers were aboard the helicopter. All three died, Johnson said.

Johnson said the Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene Friday afternoon. The crash occurred southeast of the Lake Charles, La., airport.

"It is a remote area, and the only access is with four-wheelers," Johnson said. He described the area as wide open pasture land, uneven and in some areas muddy.

Johnson said the helicopter was owned by Era Helicopters LLC, which has headquarters in Lake Charles. A company spokesman said more information would be released later.

Era Helicopters' website says the company provides transportation to shallow- and deep-water oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. Its services also include aid in searches and rescues and emergency medical services, as well as airborne sightseeing tours in Alaska.

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