Grand Lake, LA: 3 dead in helicopter crash

Posted: Mar 15, 2013 12:24 PM CDT

Updated: Mar 15, 2013 8:20 PM CDT

Posted By Anne Robicheaux
By Gerron Jordan


Three people are dead following a helicopter crash near the Calcasieu-Cameron Parish line late Friday morning. It happened in an unpopulated area approximately 5 miles southeast of the Lake Charles Regional Airport at about 11:45 a.m. on Friday.

Cameron Parish authorities identified the victims late Friday afternoon.

According to Sheriff Ron Johnson with the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, the deceased are as follows:

William R. Croucher, 69, of California. He was the pilot of the aircraft.

Michael Lee Tyree, 55, of Iowa, La. He was a mechanic with Era Helicopters.

Timothy Llyod Goehring, 41, of Sulphur, La. He was a mechanic with Era Helicopters.

“We deeply regret this unfortunate accident and we will use all of our resources to support the families of those involved. Our review will continue in concert with the investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, which has jurisdiction over this matter,” said Era Helicopters CEO, Sten Gustafson.

2 responses to “Grand Lake, LA: 3 dead in helicopter crash

  1. I worked with Billy at FLPD – my heart goes out to his family. He was a wonderful individual.