The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a plane crash that happened on Monday, April 5 at 10:15 a.m. near Kinneys Road and Airport Road in Springfield.
The twin-engine Piper PA 23, carrying an instructor and a student (two males, one 31-year-old and one 34-year-old), had just taken off and was going to fly a landing pattern.
However, while beginning to gain altitude, the plane’s engine abruptly shut off. The plane then began losing altitude, turned and crashed into a forested area.
At the crash site, the plane was found upside down on some trees and some fuel had spilled in the area.
Local farmer Debbie Blackburn believes she heard the crash.
“I hear the airplanes all the time going over,” she said. “I always look at the planes. I heard a plane out there and I heard the engine go off. This is sometimes not that abnormal because with some of these planes, you’ll hear them and then you won’t hear them. But the engine went off and then I heard what sounded like if you’ve got some really brittle twigs in your hands, I heard a crunch, crunch, crunch.
“Shortly after that, I heard sirens. It was then that I figured there’d been a plane crash. It was like being in a movie.”
According to Robertson County EMS, the two patients were in serious but stable condition. They were transported by ground to TriStar Skyline Medical Center.
The plane is a part of The Springfield Airport’s Highland Rim Aviation Flight School.
The FAA has released the following statement: “A twin-engine Piper 23 crashed while departing the runway at Springfield-Robertson County Airport in Springfield, Tenn., at 10:15 a.m. local time. Two people were aboard. Please contact local authorities for the occupants’ names and medical conditions. The FAA does not identify people involved in accidents. The FAA will investigate.”
As of Tuesday, April 6, Aircraft Recovery and Transport (AMF, Aviation LLC) from Clarksville picked the plane up from the crash site and towed it to The Springfield Airport airplane junkyard.
The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.