Plane Crash in Louisiana Today
A small passenger plane crashed on Saturday in an open field in southern Lafayette, Louisiana, after takeoff to Atlanta from the regional airport, killing five people. A person aboard the plane survived and was hospitalized.
Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit confirmed four passengers and the pilot were killed in the crash, while one passenger survived and was taken to the hospital in unknown condition. A second person not affiliated with the plane was taken to the hospital with injuries.
Lafayette fire chief Robert Benoit confirmed the deaths and said three bystanders were also injured.
Kevin Jackson, a local resident, told KLFY that he saw the plane arrive “low and smoking like hell.”
“He shook my trailer,” he said. “I knew something was wrong. I went into my house and all you heard was this massive explosion.
One person survived and three people on the ground were injured, according to local media. It is not clear how many people were on board the plane at the time of the accident.
It crashed just after 9:00 local time (15:00 GMT). The images of the scene show the burning remains in a field.
The impact of the crash blew up the windows of a nearby post office.
The Walmart supermarket was evacuated, KATC News reported.
The governor of Louisiana, John Edwards, said on Twitter that he was “praying for the families and friends of all those affected by this terrible tragedy.”
Lafayette Police is currently working an airplane crash in the 300 block of Verot School Road. At this time the Lafayette FD will be handling the scene awaiting the National Transportation. We ask that everyone please avoid the area as first responders work on securing the scene.
— Lafayette PD (LA) (@LafayettePD_LA) December 28, 2019
Plane Crash Images
The plane, which can carry up to eight people, came down around 9:22 a.m., after taking off in cloudy, but not rainy, weather from Lafayette Regional Airport about two miles away.
According to Flightaware.com, the Piper Cheyenne 2 twin-turboprop plane took off at 9:20 a.m. on a planned two hour flight to Dekalb-Peachtree airport near Atlanta.