June 13, 2021

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Private plane with 7 passengers crashed into Percy Priest Lake; 1 dead – WSMV Nashville

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SMYRNA, TENN. (WSMV) – A Cessna C501 private plane crashed near the Fate Sanders Marina on Weakley Lane Saturday morning, according to the FAA.

Officials have confirmed 1 person has died as a result of the crash. The FAA also confirmed that 7 people were on board.

Rutherford County officials have identified William J. Lara, Gwen S. Lara, Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah all of Brentwood, Tennessee. All are presumed deceased. 

Search and rescue operators found plane debris in the original surveying of the crash site. 

Cpt. Joshua Sanders said, the identities of those on board the plane will not be released until next of kin have been notified.

Authorities say that the plane crashed shortly taking off from the Smyrna airport around 11:00 a.m. 

According to the registration, the 8-seat, 2-engine aircraft is registered to JL&GL Productions LP in Brentwood. 

The NTSB is leading the investigation.

Rutherford County Fire Rescue and Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management Dive Teams and others on scene are actively determining the extent of the crash site, examining the debris field, and conducting search and rescue operations. 

Boaters on the lake should be advised to stay out of the areas marked with public safety boats. Assistance is not needed from civilian boaters.

Stay tuned with News4 for live updates.

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