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Reward offered for pieces of helicopter that crashed last year

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A reward has been offered for the rotor blades from the helicopter that crashed last year near Grand Lake. Officials said the blades may look like the one in this photograph. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office) A reward has been offered for the rotor blades from the helicopter that crashed last year near Grand Lake. Officials said the blades may look like the one in this photograph. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office)
A reward has been offered for the rotor blades from the helicopter that crashed last year near Grand Lake. Officials said this map marks where the blades may be located. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office) A reward has been offered for the rotor blades from the helicopter that crashed last year near Grand Lake. Officials said this map marks where the blades may be located. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office)
A reward has been offered for the rotor blades from the helicopter that crashed last year near Grand Lake. Officials said this map marks where the blades may be located. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office) A reward has been offered for the rotor blades from the helicopter that crashed last year near Grand Lake. Officials said this map marks where the blades may be located. (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office)
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CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Cameron Parish officials on Thursday said a reward has been offered for the recovery of pieces of the helicopter that crashed last year near Grand Lake.

The helicopter has been recovered, with the exception of two tail rotor blades, officials said.

A spokesman with the Cameron Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness said they are not asking people to conduct a search for the blades.

"This is merely a flyer of information to let people know if they come across these items of what action should be taken," the official said in a Facebook post.

The reward is $5,000 per blade.

"The location of each blade should be recorded, preferably with GPS coordinates," officials said in a news release. "No effort should be made to try and clean the components, or otherwise change the condition of the blades. Care should be used in handling the blades, as they are made of composite materials and may have sharp edges."

Officials released a map of the blades' likely located but said the blades may be a substantial distance from the location. The location marked on the map is 29 degrees, 58 minutes and 37 seconds north latitude and 93 degrees, 7 minutes and 17 seconds west longitude.

Anyone who finds the blades should contact the Cameron Sheriff's Office at 337-775-5111 or 1-800-440-5111.

Three people were killed in the crash, which happened around 11:45 a.m. on March 15, 2013. The crash site is located in an unpopulated area approximately 5 miles southeast of the Lake Charles Regional Airport.

Michael Lee Tyree, of Iowa; Timothy Lloyd Goehring, of Sulphur; and William R. Croucher, of California, died in the crash. Tyree, 55, and Goehring, 41, were mechanics with Era Helicopters. Croucher, 69, was the pilot.

The helicopter was a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, tail number N574EH, and was based at the Lake Charles Regional Airport. Timothy O'Leary with Era said the aircraft was on a maintenance test flight for approximately 30 minutes when it crashed.

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