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One dead and one injured in a plane crash

ALCOA, Tennessee (WVLT) – The Alcoa Police Department, Alcoa Fire Department, Blount County Sheriff’s Office and American Medical Response responded to a single-engine plane crash on Singleton Station Rd. , not far from McGhee-Tyson Airport at approximately 10:00 a.m. Thursday.

According to the preliminary report Federal Aviation Administration’s Cirrus SR22 single-engine aircraft crashed under “unknown circumstances” on approach to the airport.

Two people were on the plane and both were taken to UT Medical Center by ambulance, Alcoa city spokeswoman Emily Assenmacher said. It is not known if anyone on the ground was injured.

A single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed near McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee at around 9:20 a.m. local time today. Two people were on board. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in plane crashes.

The CEO of a Colorado-based company called MyGoFlight has died as a result of the crash, according to a publication published by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Thomas A. Horne, AOPA Pilot Editor at Large, wrote the report which identified Charlie schneider like the man who died after the accident.

Photos from the scene show the plane crashed near a construction site, but officials said it did not hit any buildings or structures. Smoke could be seen coming from the crash site.

Witnesses who saw the crash told WVLT News there was a big boom that looked like a bomb and a trail of smoke in the sky.

Devon Walker was working on the construction site when the plane crashed. He sent WVLT a video of thick smoke in the area.

Our immediate thoughts and prayers are with both people involved, their families and all affected. Out of respect for those involved and as the initial investigation begins, we will not comment on the details of today’s crash or participate in any speculation as to the cause of the crash.

Cirrus Aircraft actively supports all relevant authorities in the investigation.

Cirrus Aircraft is headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, but has its Customer Experience Center in eastern Tennessee, adjacent to McGhee Tyson Airport. The plane was not owned or operated by Cirrus, officials said.

Witnesses told WVLT News they saw what looked like a parachute fall from the sky after the crash.

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ben Kowalski told WVLT in an interview in May that all Cirrus aircraft are equipped with its Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) as a standard safety feature.

“From day one, an entire airframe parachute system was going to be integrated into the aircraft. Let me explain how the system works, so inside the plane there is a red handle above you, and the pilot or a passenger, if necessary, can pull that handle. When that handle is pulled, a whole airframe parachute is deployed, so a rocket deploys, and it pulls a parachute from the rear of the plane, then the chute deploys, then it floats to the ground, ”he said. Kowalski said in the interview.

Kowalski said every customer who purchases one of their planes goes through the Knoxville Cirrus Aircraft site to train and get home on their plane.

As of Dec. 17, the NTSB’s preliminary report is expected to be expected in 15 days, officials said.

“NTSB investigators will examine humans, machines and the environment as the framework for the investigation,” said Jennifer Gabris of the NTSB. “Part of the investigation will be to request radar data, weather information, maintenance records and the pilot’s medical records.”

Due to the early stage of the investigation, the NTSB did not indicate a cause, but said the information would be released when available.

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