UPDATE: Authorities confirm identity of Louisiana chef and restaurateur killed in plane crash


UPDATE: The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two people killed in a plane crash just after noon on Monday.

The deceased, 66-year-old Jeffery Thomas Webber, of Healdsburg, Ca., and 71-year  old Lionel J. Robin, of Arnaudville, La. died on impact when their private plane crashed off Wescott Road in Coulusa, California, sheriff officials said. 

Detectives say they responded to a report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of a possible downed private aircraft approximately two and a half miles south of Colusa.

Reports indicated there were two adult males on board as well as a dog, Coulusa Assistant Sheriff Jim Saso said. 

On scene, detectives say they found a badly injured dog along the roadway and evidence of wreckage in a water retention pond adjacent to flooded rice lands. 

The sheriff’s dive team was called to the scene and located two deceased male subjects among the wreckage. No other remains were located.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been requested to investigate the cause of the accident.

Anyone who may have information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 458-0200.

ST. MARTIN PARISH, La. (KLFY)- Lionel Robin, chef and former owner of Robin’s Restaurant in Henderson, is confirmed to have died in a small plane crash Monday. 

We are still working on getting details on where the occurred. Mayor Sherbin Collette tells News 10 that Robin and another occupant were killed in a plane crash while leaving an annual, out-of-state hunting trip.

Robin was a known chef of regional cuisine and longtime restaurant owner.He was crowned the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival King in 2017. 

“He 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. I look at him as an ambassador for our area,” says Mark Bernard, President of the Crawfish Festival.

For several years, Robin was the hospitality chef for McIlhenny Co., cooking for events all over the country including the Masters Tournament and NASCAR races. 

Borth the Robin and McIlhenny families remained close for many years.  In  2015, Robin became chef for TABASCO’s Restaurant 1868 on Avery Island. 

A gregarious wine connoisseur known to be “a great joke-teller and never met a stranger”, Robin stayed well-connected in the culinary world throughout his travels, a representative for the McIlhenny Co. said today. “We are going to miss him.”

Funeral arrangements are pending

This is a developing story. 

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