Coast Guard rescues four from downed airplane
PATTERSON - The Coast Guard rescued four people from a downed plane in the Atchafalaya River Tuesday evening.
According to the Coast Guard, the four were located approximately 17 nautical miles south of Patterson, La.
At 4:59 p.m., officials were notified by the Federal Aviation Administration that a Piper PA-34 twin-engine airplane traveling from Slidell, La. 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.
Watchstanders with the Coast Guard deployed an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the New Orleans station.
The Air Station New Orleans aircrew hoisted the survivors and transported them to Perry's Flying Center in Patterson.
One person suffered a minor injury to the arm as a result of the crash, according to the Coast Guard.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Fake Uber driver robs LSU students, flees scene
Assumption Parish urges residents to get ready with threat of flooding
Residents frustrated over lack of maintenance to North Baton Rouge park
One man, fireman and police officer, gets hero's funeral he deserved
Baton Rouge comes out in force for 33rd Wearin' of the Green...