Friends mourn the loss of men in plane crash

    10:25 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - THV 11 is learning more about Thursday's planes crash in Louisiana. Of the four people died, two have connections to Arkansas.

    The plane was chartered from Central Flying service in Little Rock, and the pilot is also from here. Investigators are still working to find out why the plane went down.

    "A talented pilot, I flew with him a few times," that's a few times Jermaine Gibson will never forget. Mason Mauldin was piloting the plane when it went down Thursday afternoon. He and the other three people on board were killed, according to the CBS affiliate in Monroe.

    "A good guy a lot of people are going to miss him," Gibson called Mauldin a close friend and said he took flying seriously but loved to have fun and loved music. "He was in a few bands-Sugar in the Rock, Big Boots. He's been around the music scene for a while," explained Gibson.

    Adolf Geyer is also mourning the loss of a friend. His friend of more than 10 years, Don Thompson, was among the victims.

    "You think, 'Why did it all happen; what was the cause of it?' It's still on my mind. I don't know. I'm still sorting through it." Thompson worked for Bumper to Bumper as a regional manager and that brought him to Little Rock on occasion.

    A replacement parts spokesperson said he spent 40 years with the company and released this statement:

    "Last night everyone at Replacement Parts Incorporated was shocked and deeply saddened upon learning of the loss of Don Thompson. Don was a mentor and friend to so many during his 40 years with RPI. He was loved and respected by all of his co-workers. Words can simply not express what Don meant to our company; and more importantly the people in it. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten by those who knew him. Don served our company in many roles over the years. He was a store manager, district manager, and most recently a regional manager. Our thoughts and prayers are with Don's family and loved ones. We also pray for the loved ones of others lost in this tragic accident. We grieve with them all during this difficult time. Don meant so much to so many. Those of us fortunate enough to work with him for so many years were truly blessed by his presence."

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