FAA investigating fatal airplane crash in Terrebonne Parish


TERREBONNE PARISH, La. (WGNO) — The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a plane crash that claimed the life of two people in south Louisiana Friday.

The pilot was identified as Omar Fouad El-Aazami, 54, of Lumberton, Miss. The passenger was identified as Dr. Jan Marie Villemarette, 48, of Houma.

According to the FAA, the crash happened just before noon in Terrebonne Parish. Water patrol agents were called to a report of a downed aircraft.

Using coordinates supplied to dispatchers, agents began a search. They were aided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Dularge Fire Department.

The wreckage of a single-engine fixed-wing aircraft was located near Lake Hatch. Patrol boats and airboats were utilized. The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and Detective Bureau also responded.

The bodies of two adults were recovered and released to the Terrebonne Parish Coroner. The identities of the victims are not being released at this time pending notifications of relatives. No other people were on board.

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