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Update: Catahoula plane crash victim named

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UPDATE 2:00 P.M.: The Catahoula Parish Sheriff tells KNOE 8 News, Richard Stafford, age 56, from Jonesville, was killed in the ultra light plane crash Monday evening. The sheriff says Stafford was well-known throughout the country as a wildlife photographer.

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UPDATE: Catahoula Parish Sheriff James Kelly tells KNOE 8 News the crash happened Monday night around 8:00 P.M. The crash happened about four miles north of Jonesville along the shoreline of Wallace Lake. The plane crashed into some oak trees lining the lake.

The sheriff says the pilot, a 56-year-old man, was killed. His name has not yet been released. The sheriff says weather conditions were not a factor in the crash of the small ultra light aircraft. The sheriff says the pilot was very experienced and had worked as a videographer producing hunting and fishing videos for major television networks.

Sheriff Kelly lives just a short distance from the crash site. He says he was in his yard with his son and grandson and heard the plane going down. Kelly says, "we heard the RPM's going up, then a big thud." The crash site is located about a quarter mile off of Louisiana Highway 124 in Catahoula Parish.


The reported maker of the ultra light plane is KOLB. The sheriff says the FAA will not be involved in this crash and the investigation will be handled by local authorities.

Previous Report:

 HARRISONBURG, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office has confirmed to KNOE that an ultra-light plane crashed in a secluded area in Harrisonburg. Just the pilot was on board and the sheriff's department tells us the pilot was killed. We are told the crash site is on private property, but not provided any other location information. The FAA is expected to be on scene by noon to investigate the crash.  More details will be posted as we get them. KNOE 8 News has a crew headed to the parish.








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