Plane crash in north Louisiana leaves 4 dead

The pilot has now been identified by Central Flying Service as Mason Mauldin of Little Rock. The release from Disaster Management International says: “Central Flying Service confirms that Mason Mauldin, of Little Rock, was the pilot of the plane that crashed south of Monroe, Louisiana yesterday. Central Flying Service continues to work with Federal and Local investigators at the crash site. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family and friends of those who were on board the plane.”

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) – KNOE 8 News has now confirmed the identities of three of the four people killed in a small plane crash Thursday afternoon south of the Monroe airport.

Dean Hart, Sr., of West Monroe and Max Larche of Bastrop were killed, as was Dan Thompson, who was a Regional Sales Manager for Bumper to Bumper in Little Rock. He is from the Monroe area. The identity of the fourth victim, the pilot of the Beechcraft Bonanza has not yet been released.

KNOE 8 News has talked with Bumper to Bumper representatives in Little Rock and should be getting their official statement regarding Thompson shortly.

A Replacement Parts spokesman this morning issued the following statement about the crash:

“Last night, everyone at Replacement Parts, Inc. was shocked and deeply saddened upon hearing of the loss of Don Thompson. Don was a mentor and friend to so many during his 40 years with RPI. He was loved and respected by all of his co-workers. Words can simply not express what Don meant to our company; and more importantly the people in it. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten by those who knew him. Don served our company in many roles over the years. He was a store manager, a district manager, and most recently a regional manager.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Don’s family, friends and loved ones. We grieve with them during this difficult time. We also pray for the loved ones of others lost in this tragic accident.

Don meant so much to so many. Those of us fortunate enough to work with him for so many years were truly blessed by his presence.”


Officials are trying to figure out what caused a small plane to crash in north Louisiana that left four people dead Thursday afternoon.

The aircraft went down near Monroe around 2 p.m.

Two of the victims were from north Louisiana.

According to KNOE, sources identified one of the victims as Dean Hart, Sr. of West Monroe.



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