Helicopter makes hard landing in Port Fourchon; 9 on board

Photo credit: John Callais
Photo credit: John Callais

Port Fourchon, La. - No injuries have been reported after a helicopter makes a hard landing in Port Fourchon Thursday morning.

According to Port Fourchon harbor chief John Callais, the chopper was transporting people offshore to a drilling vessel.

Nine people were on board at the time of the incident including the pilot.

Chet chaisson with the Greater Lafourche Port Commission says the helicopter was taking off from MYU Helicopters when it had some type of malfunction and landed several hundred feet away outside of the MYU facility in a gravel lot on Highway 1 in Leeville.  

The Federal Aviation Administration confirms the helicopter was trying to depart when the wind shifted causing it to abruptly settle back down to the ground. Preliminary information indicates some landing gear was damaged.