Man found after nightlong search
A New Orleans pilot was apparently killed Saturday afternoon when the Zenith 601 two-seater airplane he was flying crashed south of the Ama Airport, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities initiated a full-scale search for Guy Seghers of Miro Street, New Orleans, and located the crash site at about 1:30 p.m. today (Sept. 27).
“Unfortunately, the pilot did not survive the crash,” said St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne. “We have notified the pilot’s family and expressed our condolences.”
Seghers failed to return from a flight out of Ama on Saturday afternoon and was reported missing by fellow pilots.
Champagne said his office was notified of Seghers’ absence around 7 p.m. Saturday, which initiated a nightlong search for the pilot who was alone in the aircraft.
The search included area authorities,as well deputies and volunteers on foot and on ATVs, that focused in a wooded area east and south of the Ama Airport, he said.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand provided a helicopter Saturday night and Sunday morning until weather conditions grounded it, according to Champagne.
Fellow pilots from the Ama Airport, St. Charles Sheriff’s Marine Division, St. Charles Parish EOC, Civil Air Patrol, as well as the Bayou Gauche Fire Department and parish EMS all assisted in the search, which began in the Bayou Gauche area.