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Three dead as Nashville plane crashes in mid-air, scattering debris half a mile

Three people are dead after a small plane broke apart in the air and scattered debris over a half-mile in Tennessee, authorities said.

The single-engine Beechcraft V35 collapsed in mid-flight just south of Nashville in the town of Franklin around noon Wednesday while en route from Gonzales, Louisiana, to Louisville, according to News Channel 5.

“It appears the flight broke up in the air,” Williamson County Sheriff Mark Elrod said. told reporters at a news conference Wednesday.

Elrod noted that officials have a “pretty significant debris field” stretching more than a half-mile and will continue to search through Thursday.

The crash scattered debris in a half-mile radius. P.A.

Despite the authorities’ rapid response, the three people on board the plane did not survive.

“It quickly became clear that this was going to be a search and recovery operation, not a search and rescue operation,” he said.

“Unfortunately, there were three souls on board and there were no survivors in the accident.”

The crash scattered debris in a half-mile radius. P.A.

Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims.

Emergency responders received a 911 call from a resident who reported seeing an explosion and debris – and said there may have been a plane crash, around 12:05 a.m. Wednesday.

Air traffic control audio spoke of the plane beginning to descend from 9,000 feet — and revealed there were options for it to land 16 miles north, according to News Channel 5.

Air traffic control continued to try to reach the plane, but the pilot’s response was unclear from the audio.

Authorities have not released the names of the three victims. Ryan – stock.adobe.com

“It looks like contact has been lost,” the tower said.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Fire, Williamson County EMA and Williamson Health EMS responded to the crash.

According to the sheriff, authorities received a few calls about debris in yards and driveways, but no structural damage was reported.

Authorities asked residents to avoid the area while crews continue to search and clean up the area.

The FAA, Sheriff’s Office and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

New York Post

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