Four Killed In Nashville Crash
A Gulfstream/Aero Commander 690C crashed and burned in a small field in Nashville, Tenn., just before 5 p.m. on Monday, about 10 miles south of John C. Tune Airport. All four on board -- a couple with their daughter and granddaughter -- died in the crash. According to the NTSB, the pilot was executing a second try at the RNAV approach when the crash occurred. The local police chief said an eyewitness saw the airplane bank hard to the right just before plummeting straight to the ground, narrowly missing a YMCA building and a retirement home. The 690C is a variant in the twin-turboprop Aero Commander line, which at various times has been owned by Rockwell, Gulfstream Aerospace, and others.
The airplane had departed from Great Bend Municipal Airport in Kansas at 2:45 p.m., according to the FAA. No one on the ground was hurt, but some nearby cars were damaged by the explosion and fire. About 300 people were in the YMCA building at the time of the crash.