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Louisiana Chef Identified as Victim of Private Plane Crash

Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 3:17 am    

The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office has identified two people killed in a plane crash last Monday as 66-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Webber of Healdsburg CA and 71-year-old Lionel J. Robin of Arnaudville LA.

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The two victims died on impact when their private plane crashed off Westcott Road in Colusa CA.

Federal aviation officials received a 12:15 p.m. report a plane carrying two passengers and a dog had crashed about 2½ miles south of Colusa.

The sheriff’s dive team found two deceased men among the wreckage. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are set to investigate the cause of the crash. The dog was later found on a nearby highway.

Lionel Robin was a chef and former owner of Robin’s Restaurant in Henderson.

Mayor Sherbin Collette tells News 10 that they are still figuring out the details on where the accident occured. The chef and pilot were killed in a plane crash while leaving a hunting trip.

Robin was known to be a chef of regional cuisine and was crowned the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival King in 2017.

President of the Crawfish Festival Mark Bernard looks at Robin as an “ambassador of our area” who “had a great passion for our culture, our community, and he spread the love that we have here to so many people all over the world.”

Robin was also the hospitality chef for McIlhenny Co., cooking for events such as the NASCAR races. In 2015, he became a chef for TABASCO’s Restaurant 1868 on Avery Island.

Funeral arrangements have been set for the Acadiana chef where a mass and Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cecilia followed by interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, where family and friends of Robin in the culinary industry are expected to attend.

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Private Plane Accidents – Why Do they Happen?

A lot of smaller private planes crash and in 2012, a total of 440 people died in what we know as general aviation airplane crashes in the country, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

There are many reasons why small planes are more prone to crashes, one being that they’re piloted by individuals who don’t fly planes for a living.

Another reason is that planes run out of fuel, causing them to crash. Bad landings are the most common incident, and bad weather often plays a role.

Other common reasons why planes crash include:

  • Defective parts
  • Flawed designs
  • Defects covered up by manufacturers
  • Pilot error
  • Hitting objects

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