Louisiana oilman dies when kit-built jet crashes into lake

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A Louisiana oilman who survived a fatal explosion and house fire in 2019 has died in the crash of a one-seat jet plane assembled from a kit.

Posted: May 24, 2021 3:42 PM

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana oilman who survived a fatal explosion and house fire in 2019 has died in the crash of a one-seat jet plane assembled from a kit.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office says Fred L. Phillips of Shreveport died Sunday when his single-engine SubSonex plane crashed into Cross Lake. An official of a related company says Phillips was president and CEO of Phillips Energy Inc.

A sheriff's office news release says he flew about nine minutes before crashing. News agencies report that in 2019, Phillips was severely burned in a fire that killed his longtime partner, Electra Churchill, in Archuleta County, Colorado.

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