Dentist Killed In Plane Crash Practiced In Central Texas

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email
A 60-year-old dentist killed in a weekend plane crash that also claimed the lives of his two teenage sons and his brother had practiced mobile dentistry in the Central Texas area for six years.

Aerial view of the crash site. (File)

WACO (October 8, 2012)--Dr. Leonard Ledet, 60, who died in a weekend plane crash in North Texas along with his two sons Paul, 17, and Mason, 13, and his brother Gregory, 62, had practiced mobile dentistry in the Waco area for five years.

Ledet, whose practice was based in Southlake, traveled to Central Texas weekly to provide dental care for nursing home residents in Waco, Temple, Killeen and Copperas Cove.

His Central Texas office in Robinson was closed Monday afternoon.

Staffers from that office traveled to Southlake to mourn with the Ledet family and other employees.

Terry Gorgas, a staff member from Ledet's Robinson office, said Ledet had a passion for helping the elderly and practiced in nursing homes because many of the residents couldn't get the dental care they needed otherwise.

She said the practice would continue despite his death.

Denny Copeland, the administrator of Quality Care Nursing Home in Waco said Dr. Ledet would never be forgotten.

"He was truly one of a kind. He was a unique and compassionate man, he will be sorely missed."

Ledet, a Texas A&M graduate, was the pilot of the Beechcraft Bonanza, which took off early Saturday morning from Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke en route to Mississippi where he, his sons and his brother planned to attend the Texas A&M-Ole Miss game.

The flight diverted because of severe weather and air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with the plane at around 9:40 a.m. Saturday about 25 miles southeast of Terrell.

The pilot of a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter spotted the downed plane from the air at around 6 p.m. Saturday.

Ledet's family declined comment, but released a statement through the Carroll ISD, where his sons attended school.

"The family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers -particularly the prayers - during this difficult time. They ask that you please respect their privacy as they grieve the loss of their loved ones."

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

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