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Tragic accident: A little airplane had a big crash on a road near Nashville, and sadly, 2 grown-ups and 3 kids who were in the plane didn’t make it

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A tiny plane crashed on the side of Nashville’s Interstate 40 and caught fire on Monday night, leading to the tragic deaths of all five people on board, as per the police.

On the plane were two grown-ups and three kids, all Canadian citizens. The authorities are currently figuring out their identities.

The pilot had received permission for an emergency landing at John C. Tune Airport after the plane faced engine and power problems around 7:40 p.m., according to Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron. However, the pilot later informed air traffic control that they wouldn’t be able to make it to the runway.

Recordings from LiveATC.net captured the conversation between the pilot and the air traffic controller just before the crash.

“Do you still have John Tune Airport in sight?” asked the air traffic controller.

“My engine shut off. I’m at sixteen hundred [feet]. I’m going to be landing … I don’t know where,” replied the pilot.

Witnesses mentioned that the plane seemed to be in trouble as it passed over the interstate before crashing into a grassy area near a Costco alongside I-40 east, according to Aaron.

“We are lucky the plane didn’t hit any buildings as it went down,” Aaron added.

The plane burst into flames upon impact, according to Nashville Fire Department spokesperson Kendra Loney.

“That impact was catastrophic and no one survived,” Loney stated.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will investigate the crash of the single-engine plane, as confirmed by the FAA. The plane, identified as a Piper PA-32 by the NTSB, started its journey in Ontario, Canada, with stops in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Mount Sterling, Kentucky, probably for refueling, according to NTSB investigator Aaron McCarter. Although it was initially headed to John Tune Airport in Nashville on Monday night, for unknown reasons, it flew over the airport at 2,500 feet, made a U-turn, reported a complete loss of engine power, and crashed into the highway, McCarter explained.

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