Passenger identified in St. Mary helicopter crash - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Passenger identified in St. Mary helicopter crash

Two people died after a helicopter crashed into Wax Lake in South Louisiana Thursday morning.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office tells KPLC that they received the call around 9:01 a.m.  We are told several fisherman and hunters reported they spotted the helicopter on fire in the water.

The helicopter, a Robinson R-44, is registered to Cenac Marine Services in Houma.  

Officials say that they have multiple boats on the water at the crash site.  They are using a boat launch at Cabot Corporation, about seven miles from the site.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the Robinson R-44 helicopter crashed around 7:30 a.m. about 13 miles southwest of Morgan City.

FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will go to the wreck site as soon as possible, Lunsford said.

Cenac Marine Services attorney Berwick Duval identified the passenger as Lanny Ledet, manager of the company's Golden Ranch Plantation in Gheens.

Authorities have not released the pilot's name, but Duval says that he was not a Cenac employee.

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