Sat, Feb 24, 2007
State Cessna 180 Was Abandoned After 1966 Accident
The mystery surrounding airplane wreckage discovered earlier this month by a hunter
in a Louisiana swamp could be close to resolution.
The Acadiana Advocate reports several callers to the St. Martin
Sheriff's Office maintain the derelict Cessna 180 was abandoned by
an oil company in the mid-1960s, following an accident in the
Sheriff's spokeswoman Maj. Ginny Higgins said the wreckage is
likely from a plane (similar to type shown above) that
crashed in the swamp in either 1966 or 1967. Callers also reported
the two pilots onboard survived the accident... and the oil company
chose to leave the plane where it lay.
"I guess it was handled at the time in a certain way," Higgins
Those accounts match an NTSB record of a plane crash from July
14, 1966. According to the report, a Cessna 180 floatplane hit a
low hanging tree branch while attempting takeoff from an area
canal. The Probable Cause report lists the plane's
operator as "Longhorn Air."
The report differs slightly from accounts given by callers to
the sheriff's office. They maintain the plane crashed during an
emergency landing attempt, not on takeoff.
Local authorities have no record of the crash.
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