Staff Writer / Houma Courier

PORT FOURCHON, La. -- No injuries were reported when a helicopter made a hard landing at Port Fourchon Thursday morning.

The chopper, operated by port tenant MYU Helicopters, failed its takeoff from around 16th Street at the port and crash-landed a few hundred yards away, said Greater Lafourche Port Commission Executive Director Chett Chiasson.

The chopper was still in the process of taking off and was not more than 30 or 40 feet from the ground at the time, said Harbor Police Chief Jon Callais.

The helicopter landed near some housing trailers at the port, but none of the nine people on board or any buildings were damaged, Chiasson said.

There was a small fuel spill that Chiasson said was contained and being cleaned.

Callias said the plane was headed offshore.

Chiasson said it's unclear exactly what caused the botched takeoff. 'They were very lucky, I can tell you that,' Chiasson said.

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