Small plane crashes outside YMCA in Nashville

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by SHEILA BURKE

Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 4 at 6:07 AM

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A small plane crashed near a YMCA in suburban Nashville on Monday night, damaging cars in the Y’s parking lot, officials said.

There did not appear to be any survivors in the plane crash, Nashville fire department spokeswoman Kim Lawson said. No one on the ground was injured.

The flight plan listed four people on board the plane, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The FAA said in a statement the plane was a Gulfstream 690C that departed from Great Bend Municipal Airport in Great Bend, Kan., and crashed 10 miles south of John C. Tune Airport in Nashville about 5 p.m.

According to the flight-tracking website FlightAware, the plane traveled from Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport in Oklahoma City to Great Bend around midday before heading for Nashville.

Morgan MacGavin was studying in a Starbucks when the plane crashed, narrowly avoiding the Y’s gym and swimming pool. She said people in the Starbucks ran outside to see a roaring fire and thick plumes of smoke.

“It looked like someone had poured gasoline on a bonfire,” MacGavin said. “It was probably the largest fire I have ever seen in my life.”

No one was injured inside the YMCA, said Jessica Fain, a spokeswoman for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.

She said the center was evacuated. Fain had no idea how many people were inside the gym, but she said thecrash occurred during what is normally a peak time at the gym.

The plane is registered to an agricultural company located just outside Great Bend. Federal investigators are en route to the scene.

 

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