VAN ZANDT COUNTY (AP/STAFF) — Authorities say four Texans have died in the crash of a small plane that went missing after departing from a regional airport near Roanoke. The crash site is just over the Kaufman County line In Van Zandt County. The plane was located off County Road 2702. Killed was the pilot, Leonard Ledet, 60, of Southlake, his sons, Paul Ledet, 16, and Mason Ledet, 13 and the pilot’s brother, Gregory Ledet, 62, of Keller.
Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration says Beechcraft Bonanza took off Saturday morning from the Northwest Regional Airport near Roanoke and disappeared about 25 miles southeast of Terrell. He says a search was begun after air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with the plane. Lunsford says a Texas Department of Safety helicopter that took part in the search found the plane Saturday evening.