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Neighbors describe plane crash that killed two in Vermilion Parish

Posted: 6:47 PM, Aug 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-31 20:11:58-04

The FFA is investigating a deadly plane crash in Vermilion Parish.

Two people were killed Friday when their plane crashed into a broadcast tower. Neighbors who heard the crash say they are still shaken up.

Callie Trahan, who lives on Rosewood Road, heard the sound of the crash at 7:45 a.m.

“My friend went and opened the shades, and she said there was black smoke coming out, and then there was black smoke everywhere, and there’s stuff falling from the sky, but like papers and stuff, and then all of a sudden, there’s no tower. You know, the tower was gone,” said Trahan.

The owner of the property, Kenneth Clark, says he heard about the crash from a neighbor.

“He called me and told me my horses were loose in the field and the cows in the back, and everything looks alright. No animals were endangered,” said Clark.

Clark had some extensive damage to his fences, trees and other parts of his property from guide wires that ripped loose when the 1,800-foot tower went down.

“They’ll have to be picked up by somebody, and they’re very heavy. Probably have to get a construction crew out here and cut them up and hall them out, I imagine. But, there’s a lot of them. Probably got about five miles of cable,” said Clark.

Neighbors think perhaps it was tension from the coiling guide that made the sound.

“It kept on and on. Like, the sound wouldn’t go away,” said Margaret Broussard.