TPSO: Two dead after aircraft goes down near Lake Hatch; victims identified

TPSO: Two dead after aircraft goes down near Lake Hatch; victims identified
The bodies of two adults were recovered after a single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft went down near Lake Hatch. (Source: AP)

TERREBONNE PARISH, La. (WVUE) - The bodies of two adults were recovered after a single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft went down near Lake Hatch.

The pilot was identified as Omar Fouad El-Aazami, 54, of Lumberton, Miss. The passenger was identified as Dr. Jan Marie Villemarette, 48, of Houma.

The incident was reported at around noon on Friday and Terrebonne Parish Water Patrol agents were sent to the location. The agents used coordinates supplied to dispatchers to begin their search.

They were able to locate the plane with the help of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Dularge Fire Department.

The investigation is ongoing and will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

“I am grateful to the Dularge Fire Department and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for their assistance in the location and recovery efforts,” Sheriff Tim Soignet said. “I also wish to extend my condolences to the families of the victims. Please know that you are all in my prayers during this painful time.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating this incident.

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