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Coast Guard rescues four people from a downed airplane in Louisiana Basin

PATTERSON, La. (KLFY) - The Coast Guard says it rescued four people from a downed airplane in the Atchafalaya Basin Tuesday evening.

Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received notification from the Federal Aviation Administration at 4:59 p.m. that a Piper PA-34 twin-engine airplane traveling from Slidell, Lousiana, to Patterson with four people on board was low on fuel.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff said the airplane pilot shut down the engines to conserve fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing.

Watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

The Air Station New Orleans aircrew hoisted the survivors and transported them to Perry’s Flying Center in Patterson, Louisiana.

One person suffered a minor injury to the arm.

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