Louisiana State Police helicopter crash-lands, pilot injured

October 7, 2021 GMT

GONZALES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana State Police pilot suffered minor injuries when his helicopter crash-landed Wednesday afternoon near Baton Rouge, the agency said.

A mechanical failure apparently forced an emergency procedure to get the 1986 Bell 206 B-3 helicopter to the ground, Lt. Melissa Matey said in a news release.

She said the helicopter was significantly damaged in the accident at the South Louisiana Regional Airport, which is about 15 miles (25 kilometers) southeast of Baton Rouge in Gonzales.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the accident, Matey said.