2 Adults and 3 Children Were Killed in a Fiery Crash of a Small Plane on the Nashville Highway

A small plane crashed into the shoulder of Nashville’s Interstate 40 and caught fire Monday night, killing all five passengers aboard, according to authorities.

According to Aaron McCarter, an air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, the plane had two adults and three children. The victims were Canadian nationals, and authorities are attempting to identify them.

The jet was cleared for an emergency landing at John C. Tune Airport after reporting engine and power failure around 7:40 p.m., according to Metro Nashville Police Department spokeswoman Don Aaron.

However, the pilot quickly informed air traffic control that they would not make it to the tarmac.

The contact between the pilot and the air traffic controller prior to the fatal crash was captured on audio by the website LiveATC.net.

“Do you still have John Tune Airport in sight?” The air traffic controller inquired.

“My engine shut off. I’m at sixteen hundred [feet]. I’m going to be landing … I don’t know where,” the pilot replied.

2 Adults and 3 Children Were Killed in a Fiery Crash of a Small Plane on the Nashville Highway (1)

According to Aaron, witnesses said that the jet appeared to be “obviously in distress as it was coming over the interstate” before crashing into a grassy area behind a Costco on I-40 East.

“We are fortunate the aircraft did not hit any buildings as it went down,” Aaron said in a statement.

Kendra Loney, a spokesperson for the Nashville Fire Department, said the aircraft erupted into flames upon contact.

“That impact was catastrophic and did not leave any survivors,” he claimed.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will examine the single-engine plane crash according to the FAA. The NTSB identified the plane as a Piper PA-32.

The jet left Ontario, Canada, and stopped in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Mount Sterling, Kentucky, “more than likely to pick up gas,” according to NTSB investigator McCarter.

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The plane was on its way to John Tune Airport in Nashville on Monday night, but for unclear reasons, it sailed over the airport at 2,500 feet, he added.

The jet then made a U-turn, reported a total loss of engine power, and crashed into the side of the highway, he added.

According to Tennessee Department of Transportation Region 3 spokeswoman Rebekah Hammonds, the incident resulted in the temporary shutdown of I-40 East at mile marker 202.

Witness video shows an airplane enveloped in flames and smoke, while police photographs show the aircraft’s wrecked frame surrounded by first responders on a grassy road.

Live traffic cams also showed a big emergency vehicle response blocking all eastbound travel lanes near the incident site, as well as a long line of gridlocked traffic coming up to the closed section of I-40 East.

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