Plane Crash Victims Have Close TAMU Ties

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

A plane crash on Saturday killed four people with close connections to Texas A&M University.

Two teenage boys, their father and uncle were killed when their Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashed east of Dallas on the way to the Texas A&M game in Mississippi.

Leonard Ledet was the pilot of a plane with Aggie fans headed to the Texas A&M-Ole Miss game in Oxford on Saturday. His single-engine plane crashed near Terrell, east of Dallas, killing all on board. He was just 60 years old.

The well-known dentist from the Dallas suburb of Southlake was a husband, and father of four.

His 13-year-old and 17-year-old sons were with him in the plane. So was his brother, 62-year-old Gregory Ledet.

Ledet was also a brother to hundreds
He was the founding member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Texas A&M University.

"Obviously I see his name whether it be consciously or subconsciously. I see his name every day,” said Parker Lachowsky, the current president of the fraternity.

He lives in the president's room at the fraternity house where Len Ledet's name is engraved outside on a plaque.

"This house, this fraternity, what we do day to day, it's all because of him. He set it up,” said Lachowsky. "To see someone who brought the chapter here, pass so early, it really hits home. I have to thank him for the opportunity to be part of Sigma Chi. If it wasn't for him, there's no way I would have walked through those doors."

One of Dr. Ledet's daughter's is a junior at Texas A&M University and a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
The fraternities and sororities on campus are collaborating to honor a family that has given so much to the community.

Ledet has one other daughter who attends University of North Texas.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for tomorrow at 9 p.m. in front of the Zeta Tau Alpha house in College Station.

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

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