Funeral Thursday for Louisiana oilman killed in plane crash

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A funeral service will be held Thursday for a Louisiana oilman and philanthropist who died when his small stunt jet crashed into a lake. The family’s obituary says the service for Fred L. Phillips will be at B’nai Zion Congregation in Shreveport. It says that although he had dedicated his life to the oil business, his passion was aviation, and he had been a pilot since he was 19. He was 73. The accident is among at least five fatal small plane crashes in eight days being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. Others were in Louisiana, North and South Carolina, and Kentucky.