NTSB: Pilot Error Responsible for Plane Crash that Claimed The Lives of 5 Jonesboro Residents

AUGUST 4, 2006 - Posted at 11:03 a.m CDT

BATON ROUGE, LA - The National Transportation Safety Board says pilot error was behind a plane crash in Louisiana last year that killed a Jonesboro eye doctor, dentist and teacher.

In all, five people aboard were killed.

Robert Landry, Sr. of Jonesboro owned the Beechkraft KingAir F-90 that crashed in a sugar cane field about 200 yards from the False River Regional Airport on June 24, 2005.

But the NTSB issued a report this week that says another licensed pilot was on board and the agency could not determine who was flying the plane at the time.

According to witnesses, the airplane touched down on the runway, banked, rose into the air again, then banked to the left and went straight down and exploded on impact.  Witnesses also said that nothing appeared unusual about the airplane and both engines appeared to be running.

The crash also claimed the lives of Jonesboro dentist Coy Mac Boyd, teacher Dayna Banks, accountant Chris Blanchard and his 7-year-old daughter, Colby Blanchard.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)