Two Acadiana men are dead after the single-engine plane they were flying in crashed on a levee Wednesday.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz confirmed the pilot, 49-year-old Kirk Bellard, and passenger, 38-year-old Marcus D. Guidry, both of Breaux Bridge, were killed in the crash. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said they were the only two people in the aircraft at the time of the crash.
Lunsford said the single-engine Quicksilver Ultralight crashed on a levee of the Atchafalaya Basin, near the St. Landry-St. Martin line, around 12:15 p.m. under unknown circumstances.
The plane crashed on Spillway Road north of Henderson. The plane was lying in the middle of the gravel road on the St. Landry side of the parish line.
A white hearse collected Bellard and Guidry’s bodies from the scene around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
FAA investigators were at the accident site Wednesday, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The NTSB will be the lead agency in the investigation, Lunsford said.
NTSB media relations officer Keith Holloway said an agent was traveling from Chicago to investigate the crash and was expected to arrive Thursday.