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Pilot Identified In Acadia Parish Helicopter Crash

Helicopter Crash
(Photo courtesy of our news partner KATC)

UPDATE: 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, October 10: The helicopter pilot who lost his life crashing his helicopter into guy wires near a radio tower earlier today has been identified by the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office as 66-year-old Hugh Clifton Kelley of Beaumont, Texas. Officials also say the helicopter was registered to Pintail Lodge of Beaumont.

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UPDATE: 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, October 10: The helicopter pilot that crashed into the radio transmitting tower earlier today has died. Acadia Parish Sheriff’s deputies were on the scene working the accident. Deputies say the pilot was the only person aboard the helicopter.

Several workers on the ground nearby witnessed the crash but were not hurt. The pilot’s name has not been released but we do know he is not from Louisiana.The federal aviation administration is investigating.

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1:06 p.m. Wednesday, October 10: Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Deputies say the crash happened off of Highway 13 on 2163 Benton Road just north of Kaplan. There are unknown injuries at this time.

According to KATC, the helicopter crashed into the tower that transmits the signal for radio station KYBG, known on air as “Big 102.1.” The company says it does not yet know the extent of the damage at the site.

As soon as we get more information from the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, we will let you know.

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