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Flyover to honor health care workers, victims of virus

Clouds Over Acadiana
Posted at 12:58 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 14:56:29-04

This Friday, there will be a flyover in St. Landry Parish to salute parish health care workers, and honor the parish's victims of the virus.

The flyover will start at noon with general aviation pilots flying over Opelousas General Hospital and then proceed across St. Landry Parish in formation to Eunice and fly over Acadian Medical Center.

“This is an opportunity for local pilots and aviation workers to honor our family and friends who have lost a loved one to coronavirus, We also want to honor our doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, hospital workers, janitors, healthcare workers and all essential workers that have kept supply chains and other essential services running," airport manager David Allen said.

The fly over will feature the WW2 T-6 Texan and 3 other types of airplanes. The flight will begin with the aircraft taking off from St. Landry Parish Airport and will arrive at Opelousas General at 12 then proceed to Acadian Medical Center, arriving at approximately 12:30pm.

Healthcare professionals can enjoy the fly over from the hospital parking lots and, of course, should still maintain all social distancing guidelines during the flyover. Residents of St. Landry Parish can watch the fly over from their home and should avoid landmarks, and shouldn't gather in crowds to view the fly over.

“We’re honored to be a part of St. Landry Salutes and we just want to show our hometown health care workers that the Louisiana Aviation community is behind them,” said Ryan Elliot. Ryan is the lead pilot of the T-6 Texan.

The Flight path will begin just north of Opelousas at the intersection of Hwy 167 and Hwy 182. Pilots will fly over Hwy 182 south to Opelousas General Hospital, then head west along Hwy 190 towards Eunice and conclude at Acadian Medical Center.

For more information or media inquiries please visit the St. Landry’s Parish Airport Facebook page.

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