Several dead after single-engine plane crashes near I-40 in Nashville

 

Several people have died after a single-engine plane crashed as it attempted to make an emergency landing in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday night, Paralel.Az reports citing ABC.

The control tower at Nashville's John Tune airport received a message at approximately 7:40 p.m. ET from a pilot, who said their aircraft was experiencing engine and power failure and needed permission to land, Don Aaron, public affairs director for the Nashville Metropolitan Police said at a press conference Monday night. The tower granted permission, but as it moved toward the airport, the pilot said the aircraft was not going to make it, per Aaron.

Witnesses told police the plane was in distress as it came over the interstate, the official said.

The plane crashed behind a Costco just off the Eastbound lanes of Interstate 40, he said.

A spokesperson for the Nashville Fire Department said the plane imploded on impact. The "impact was catastrophic and did not leave any survivors," the FD rep said.

The fire department was met with heavy flames as they reached the scene, but they were able to extinguish it and preserve evidence from the scene.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are en route to investigate the incident, Aaron said.

Local officials are working with federal authorities to determine where the plane originated from. Authorities also do not yet know who was onboard.

The interstate was shut down following the incident an the investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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