Louisiana State Police pilot injured in Gonzales helicopter crash

Staff Report
A Louisiana State Police patch is shown in this March 3 file photo.

A Louisiana State Police pilot was injured the afternoon of Oct. 6 while attempting a landing at the South Louisiana Regional Airport in Gonzales.

According to a news release, the LSP helicopter experienced a suspected mechanical failure while in the Ascension Parish area.

Flying in a 1986 Bell 206 B-3, the trooper performed an emergency procedure in order to get the aircraft on the ground.

The aircraft sustained significant damage and the LSP pilot was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting the investigation into the suspected mechanical malfunction and aircraft crash.

This incident remains under investigation.