Coast Guard rescues four from downed airplane
PATTERSON, LA (WVUE) - The Coast Guard rescued four people from the Atchafalaya River approximately 17 nautical miles south of Patterson Tuesday.
According to a report by the Coast Guard, watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received notification from the Federal Aviation Administration at 4:59 p.m. that a Piper PA-34 twin-engine airplane traveling from Slidell to Patterson with four people on board was low on fuel.
The airplane pilot shut down the engines to conserve fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing, according to the report.
The Coast Guard said watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Station in New Orleans.
The Air Station New Orleans aircrew hoisted the survivors and transported them to Perry's Flying Center in Patterson, according to the report.
It was reported that one person suffered a minor injury to the arm.