NTSB investigates plane crash that claimed four
posted Thursday, January 31st, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
A fixed wing single-engine aircraft carrying West Monroe businessman Dean Hart Sr. and three others nose-dived into a wooded area behind Ouachita Correctional Center near Richwood last week, claiming the lives of all onboard.
Peter Knudson, public affairs officer with the National Transportation Safety Board, estimated that it will take about 12-18 months before the NTSB identifies the cause of the crash.
Besides Hart, Max Larche of Bastrop and Don Thompson of Monroe were on the plane as well as the pilot, Mason Maudlin of Little Rock, Ark.
Hart owned Hart Commercial Investments. Larche was an engineer with Lazenby & Associates of West Monroe. Thompson was a regional manager for Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts. The trio had been in Beaumont, Texas, for a business meeting and were returning to Monroe when the crashed occurred.