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Plane crashes at Roanoke airport

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By John D. Harden / Staff Writer

ROANOKE — Authorities have reported that a small plane crashed sometime after 6 p.m. Thursday at the Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke.

The extent of the pilot’s injuries were not immediately known.

The Roanoke Fire Department responded to the crash. Several emergency vehicles were deployed to the scene and authorities found the small blue and white single-passenger plane at the end of a runway. A Roanoke firefighter said the plane sustained minimal damage.

Officials directed further media inquiries to the Federal Aviation Administration but FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford could not be reached. The Roanoke Fire Department spokesman also could not be reached for comment.

This is the third plane crash in three weeks at the airport.

Four people died when their small plane crashed Saturday morning after leaving the Denton County airport. The victims were identified as Leonard Ledet, 60, of Southlake; his two sons, Paul Ledet, 16, and Mason Ledet, 13; and his brother, Gregory Ledet, 62, of Keller.

Christopher Pratt, 41, of Argyle was killed Sept. 22 when the plane he was piloting crashed in a wooded area near the airport shortly after takeoff. Passenger Charles Yates, 63, of Grapevine died after being airlifted to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

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