A private airplane that flew out of the Great Bend Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon crashed and burned around 5 p.m. in a field near Nashville, Tenn. There were no survivors, according to Tennessee news sources such as NewsChannel5.com, which also reported that the Gulfstream 690C was registered to Mid-Kansas Agri-Co in Pawnee Rock.
Great Bend Airport Manager Martin Miller said Glenn Mull is one of the owners of the airplane, but Miller could not confirm who was aboard when it left Great Bend, around 2:45 p.m. It will be up to the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration to release the names, Miller said.
However, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the administration does not release that information. “Check with local authorities for the IDs and conditions of the aircraft occupants,” she advised.
Bergen confirmed the model of the aircraft and that the flight plan from Great Bend showed four persons on board. According to the FAA’s preliminary report, the plane crashed in a field near 8101 Hwy. 100 in Bellevue, Tenn., about 10 miles south of John C. Tune Airport in Nashville, as it was approaching the airport.
“The NTSB also is investigating and will determine probable cause,” Bergen said. “We will update this statement when new information is available.”
The crash scene was near a YMCA gym. District Fire Chief George Hickey said an eyewitness saw the plane bank hard to the right and then go straight into the ground, thereby avoiding the gym and a nearby retirement home, WSMV-TV reported.
The tracking site shows the plane passing over John C. Tune before going down southwest of the airport just before 5 p.m., the Associated Press reported.
Jacob Roenbaugh, who is listed as the resident agent for the company declined to comment to the AP.
“I don’t want to talk about it now,” he said.
Hickey noted the plane missed several buildings.
“We’ll wait until the experts get here. I’m no expert, but that tells me the pilot did one hell of a job,” he said.