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Small plane crashes into Tennessee lake; 7 believed dead

A small jet carrying seven individuals crashed right into a Tennessee lake on Saturday, and authorities indicated that nobody on board survived.

The Cessna C501 crashed into Percy Priest Lake close to Smyrna after taking off from a close-by airport about 11 am, the Federal Aviation Administration stated in an announcement.

Rutherford County rescue crews have been nonetheless on the scene of the crash late Saturday and deliberate to work by way of the evening, Rutherford County Hearth Rescue Capt. Joshua Sanders stated at a news convention. He indicated that there have been no survivors.

“Our efforts have transitioned from a rescue effort to that of a restoration effort. … We’re now not … in search of reside victims at this level,” Sanders stated. He stated not one of the names of the victims could be launched till their households had been notified.

Earlier Saturday, officers confirmed that at the very least one individual had died within the crash and that search crews had discovered a particles area and recognized components of the airplane within the lake. Sanders stated the crash appeared to have taken place totally within the lake.

Authorities additionally didn’t launch registration info for the aircraft, which was heading from Smyrna Rutherford County Airport to Palm Seashore Worldwide Airport.

The Tennessee Freeway Patrol instructed news shops {that a} witness noticed the aircraft go into the water close to a marina.

The Nationwide Transportation Security Board and FAA each had investigators on the scene.

Smyrna is situated about 32 kilometers southeast of Nashville. Percy Priest Lake is a reservoir created by the J. Percy Priest Dam. It’s a fashionable spot for boating and fishing.


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