UPDATE: One dead, two injured following helicopter crash near Boutte
BOUTTE, LA (WVUE) - The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Board are on the scene of a helicopter crash near Boutte.
According to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies received a call about a helicopter crash on an Entergy transmission line right-of-way around 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The helicopter crashed in a marsh near Magnolia Ridge Road.
Due to the remote location of the crash, first responders had to access the scene using airboats, all-terrain vehicles and a helicopter.
Two of the occupants on the helicopter were able to be rescued and were taken to a local hospital with extensive injuries. Several hours later, a third person was found under the debris at the crash site and was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to officials, the occupants were making repairs to Entergy powerlines at the time of the crash.
Entergy released a statement saying,
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims of this tragic event. Any specific questions regarding the accident should be directed to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. We will be working closely with authorities as they investigate this accident.
The FAA and the NTSB are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office as well as Entergy crews, Pardis and Luling Fire Departments, St. Charles Parish Public Works, St. Charles Parish Emergency Medical Services and the United States National Guard are all assisting with the investigation as well as the search for the missing occupant.
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