YMCA at Nashville crash site to reopen after inspection
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The YMCA in West Nashville that was the site of a small plane crash on Monday night is expected to reopen on Friday.
According to police, specially trained dogs will be brought to the site to assist in a final inspection and ensure that all human remains have been removed.
The crash killed a feedlot owner from Pawnee Rock, Kan., along with his wife and the couple's daughter and granddaughter. The four had been traveling to Nashville for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trade Show.
The flight missed its first approach at the airport and was preparing for a second one when it crashed.
The owners of 16 vehicles in the debris area from the crash have been retrieving their vehicles since Wednesday. Only one remained on Thursday afternoon.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -Four people are dead after a plane crash Monday afternoon near the YMCA in Bellevue.
There were no survivors following a plane crash Feb. 3 near the YMCA in Bellevue. Click to see more images from the scene.
The crash was reported about 5 p.m. off Highway 100 near Temple Road.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to Channel 4 News the crash involved a Gulfstream 690C airplane that was on approach to John C. Tune Airport in north Nashville, according to the preliminary investigation.
The plane was registered to Mid-Kansas Agri Co. out of Kansas and had departed Great Bend Municipal Airport in Great Bend, KS.
Four family members were on board at the time of the crash.
The family's accounting firm has confirmed that the victims are Glenn and Elaine Mull, their daughter, Amy Harter, and their granddaughter, Samantha Harter.
They were believed to be coming to the area to attend the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
There are no reports of injuries to anyone who was on the ground.
According to police officials, the plane took off from Great Bend, KS, at 2:45 p.m. for Nashville's John Tune Airport. The plane's flight path indicated that it missed its first approach to Tune Airport and was circling around to attempt a landing at the time of the crash at 4:57 p.m.
Officials say the plane struck trees on the right side of the YMCA building before hitting the ground.
Wreckage and debris is spread over an area of approximately 80 yards, police said.
A spokesperson for the YMCA says members were evacuated from the building as a precaution.
The Bellevue YMCA will be closed Tuesday, and possibly longer, pending the crash investigation.
"While details of the crash are still emerging, the near-miss of our building surely saved dozens of people from harm. Although members do not check out when leaving our facilities, scan reports indicate that as many as 300 people likely entered the building between 3 and 5 p.m. We are grateful for the swift action of our staff and members, who promptly evacuated the facility," said Jessica Fain, YMCA of Middle Tennessee senior vice president of marketing and communications, in a news release.
Surveillance video from the YMCA has been handed over to the National Transportation Safety Board to assist the investigation.
There is no reported damage to the YMCA building, but several cars - mostly belonging to staff members - were damaged and will not be allowed to move until further notice from investigators.
In a media briefing just after 6 p.m., the Nashville Fire Department chief says the pilot made a hard-right turn and saved many lives by avoiding the YMCA building and a nearby retirement home.
Identities of those on board the plane have not been released by officials.
Investigators from the NTSB are expected to arrive Tuesday morning.