Two people have died after a mosquito-abatement airplane crashed in the woods near the Slidell City Airport last night. Slidell Police Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau says two planes were finishing up their rounds and landing at the airport when one plane began flipping, struck a power line, and went down into a wooded area.
“Did everything we could to get to the site, which was challenging because it was off road in the woods and almost being in swamp, marshy lands so you couldn’t get to it by vehicle so we had to get ATVs.”
Seuzeneau says the downed power lines caused small fires around the crash site. He says once fire fighters put out the blaze, they discovered the bodies of the two pilots.
“Both pilots perished in the crash, it was very unfortunate.”
Seuzeneau says the investigation is being turned over to the FFA. He says the St. Tammany Parish Coroner identified the pilots as 68-year-old Wayne Fisher of Slidell and 59-year-old Donald Pechon of Covington.
“It’s very unfortunate. These guys that were pilots, apparently they were very well known in the community. Their families are just absolutely devastated and it’s going to be a tough pill to swallow.”