Nashville Blast Prompts ‘National Defense’ TFR


A TFR remains in place over downtown Nashville until Dec. 30 even though authorities have determined the man who blew himself up in a motorhome on Christmas morning likely acted alone. Police confirmed Sunday that Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, was inside the RV that exploded about 6:30 a.m. Friday, damaging buildings and injuring three people. “Nashville is considered safe,” said Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake. “There are no known threats against this city.” Nevertheless, a 1-nautical-mile “National Defense Airspace” TFR is keeping all except law enforcement, first responder and military traffic out of the area.

The TFR was put in place shortly after the explosion and errant pilots are warned they face sanctions ranging from administrative actions up to and including use of deadly force if they violate the perimeter. The TFR was established within hours of the explosion before fundamental details of the circumstances were understood.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. Having been at one time a Nashville FAAer (ATC), I’m pretty sure this TFR is intended to discourage sightseeing flights over the blast area. The center of the TFR, the TFR only being a 1 mile radius and up to 3,000′, is only 4.8 miles from the center of the Nashville airport and actually even closer to the airport boundaries and the runways. I guarantee that without it, there would be some sight seeing aircraft flying into the Nashville class C surface area. This is probably keeping a few aviators out of trouble and from running into each other as they circle around eyes looking down. My opinion.

    • First off there’s no reason for national defense TFR. Secondly, TFR were never intended to be issued to simply “discourage” flying and a sight seeing TFR is ridiculous. I’m sorry but there’s no need or proof that it was needed.