WO1 Raymond J. Champagne was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 09/15/1983 at the age of 39.7 from A/C accident
Texas City, TX
Flight Classes 65-12W and 65-11
Date of Birth 01/01/1944
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Thomas J. Latson, Jr., SSN deceased search

More detail on this person: Helicopter crash into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Grand Chenier, died: 09-15-1983

Cause of death: Helicopter Crash - CFIT Day VFR

In September 1967 CW2 Ray Champagne had already been to Vietnam and he was assigned as the 3rd Armored Division Commanding General's personal pilot in Frankfurt Germany. He later was a Helicopter Pilot for Tenneco in Houston when he was killed in a helicopter crash in 1983.

Raymond J. Champagne and one passenger were fatally injured in the crash of a twin engine Bolkow BO-105 helicopter near Grand Chenier LA on September 15 1983 at 3:15 in the afternoon.

The Houston TX based helicopter, owned and operated by Tenneco, had departed a production rig in the Gulf of Mexico for the 15 minute flight to shore.

Evidence at the scene was consistent with a high speed impact with the surface of the water,also called "Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT).

The weather was VFR, seven miles visibility, and light winds.

You can see the details of the NTSB report number FTW83FA430 for N3456T at:

Then type in the date, or range of dates, and the registration number N3456T, or the accident number, or the location, etc.

You can also use this NTSB website to find just about any aviation accident after the NTSB was formed in about 1970.

From: Thomas J. Latson, Jr. "Tom"

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

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