Report provides few clues on what caused plane crash that killed Southlake family

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A preliminary investigation report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board provided few clues into what caused the Oct. 6 plane crash that killed a Southlake dentist and three members of his family.

Southlake dentist Leonard Ledet, 60; his sons Paul, 17, and Mason, 13; and Ledet's brother and co-pilot, Gregory Ledet, 62, of Keller died in the crash.

The Ledets had taken off from Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke at 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 6 and headed toward Clarksdale, Miss., where they planned to attend the Texas A&M-Mississippi football game. They were scheduled to stop for fuel in Athens.

The NTSB preliminary report said the flight encountered bad weather at Athens Municipal Airport and requested clearance to land at Terrell Municipal Airport. Air traffic controllers granted the request and told the Ledets to switch to a different radio frequency.

The last time the Beechcraft Bonanza was seen on radar was at 9:44:23 a.m. at an altitude of 2,900 feet but no more radio transmissions were received.

It crashed at approximately 9:45 a.m. near Mabank, southeast of Terrell. At the time of the crash, visibility in Terrell was about 10 statute miles and it was overcast with clouds at about 600 feet.

The plane's debris field stretched across a field about a half-mile east of the intersection of Farm Road 90 and County Road 2702. All major components of the Beechcraft Bonanza were found, according to the report.

Investigators aren't sure how much fuel was on board.

"Due to impact damage, the total fuel on board the airplane at the time of the accident could not be confirmed," the report said.

Leonard Ledet's most recent FAA medical certificate was issued on Aug. 31, 2011. He had a private pilot certificate and had 340 hours of total flight time.

Gregory Ledet's most recent medical certificate was issued April 26. He held a private pilot certificate and 130 hours of total flight time.

Leonard Ledet was a Southlake dentist and graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry, and his practice focused on providing dental care to residents of long-term care facilities. Gregory Ledet, an Air Force veteran, was a business partner with his brother.

Paul Ledet was a junior at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake and Mason Ledet was an eighth-grader at Carroll Middle School in Southlake.

Last week, a community vigil was held in memory of Paul and Mason at Southlake's Dragon Stadium.

Bill Hanna, (817) -390

Twitter: @fwhanna

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