I-10 closure for powerline repairs after helicopter crash postponed – WWLTV.com

The pilot was killed after officers say his helicopter clipped a transmission line and fell onto the span.

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Division of Transportation reversed A selection To close the Interstate 10 Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge on Wednesday for electrical line restores. Instead, the bridge Shall be closed on Sunday, Dec. 19.

I-10 on the bridge and parts of I-55 have been scheduled To close at 11 a.m. For 3 hours on Wednesday as Entergy crews labored to restore power strains damaged in a lethal helicopter crash on Tuesday.

At 10:30 a.m., simply Half-hour earlier than the closure was set to go in influence, the LADOTD reversed The selection.

“The restores Shall be made at a later date and The general public Shall be notified of the closure forward of time,” LADOTD said.

The restores are needed after  the Federal Aviation Administration said a Bell 407 helicopter crashed onto I-10 on Tuesday afternoon. Entergy Louisiana said thOn the crash triggered damage to transmission infrastructure and knocked out power to round 20,000 clients. 

“All indications are thOn the helicopter coming into contact with our strains triggered the outage,” an Entergy spokesparticular person said. “As quickly as The state of affairs is protected, We’ll assess damage to our gear And start making needed restores.”

Authorities say the pilot, who was from the Greater Baton Rouge space, died Inside the crash. The pilot was The one particular person onboard the helicopter.

An investigator with the Nationwide Transportation Safety Board arrived On the crash website on Wednesday. The helicopter wreckage Shall be recovered And launched to a safe location in Baton Rouge. 

“An factor of the investigation Shall be to request radar knowledge, climate information, upkeep data and the pilot’s medical data,” a spokesparticular person for the NTSB said. “The NTSB investigator will Take A look On the human, machine and environment As a Outcome of the outline of the investigation.”

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