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4 dead in Van Zandt County plane crash

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The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to find out why a plane from Roanoke carrying four people crashed in Van Zandt County on Saturday morning.

When first responders arrived at the crash site, there were two things working against them: nightfall, and the inaccessible remote area.

The plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, went down southeast of Terrell, killing all four people on board.

Southlake dentist Dr. Leonard Ledet was piloting the plane, his brother Gregory of Keller was also on board along with Leonard's sons Mason and Paul.

Mason was an 8th grader at Carroll Middle School and Paul was a junior at Carroll Senior High.

Grief counselors are expected to be on campus on Monday and Tuesday.  The Ledets left the Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

They were supposed to stop in Athens, probably to refuel, then continue on to Mississippi to watch a football game.

Air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with the aircraft near Terrell.  The NTSB confirms that the Beechcraft Bonanza was diverted to Terrell because of weather.

A short time later it crashed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.  The FAA is looking into the flight plan, the pilot's license and whether he had a medical condition.

There's no word yet on the cause of the fatal accident.

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