Plane Crash Claims Two Lubbockites - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/9/04

Plane Crash Claims Two Lubbockites

Investigators are looking for answers after two Lubbockites died in a plane crash on Saturday.

44-year-old Robert Bradford Pearson and his 18-year-old son Jacob were killed when their Piper single engine aircraft crashed in Burnet County, about 15 miles southwest of Lampasas.

Robert and Jacob Pearson were on their way back to Lubbock from Horseshoe Bay Saturday. According to the Department of Public Safety, a wing fell off their plane during flight just before five o'clock that afternoon. Soon after, their Piper PA-32 crashed into the Burnet County hillside. The wreckage is scattered for a half mile in very rough terrain. Several agencies are now investigating; the FAA, the NTSB, and the manufacturer of the plane. The wreckage will be re-assembled later at another location and final results of the investigation are not expected for two to three weeks.

Friends of Robert Pearson are left coping with a terrible loss. They remember him as hard-worker, but compassionate. A man who always found time for his family, friends and employees. "It's a hard time for us all, but Robert would want us all to go on," said Roy Lerner. "We miss my boss, I feel sorry right now, I miss him," said Luis Vasquez.

Robert owned Gill Construction in Lubbock. He is survived by his wife and youngest son, two brothers and a sister. Funeral services are planned for two o'clock on Wednesday at Cavalry Baptist Church.

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