Nashville Aero Commander Crash Kills Four

Weather eyed in deadly mishap.

A Rockwell 690C Commander on its second approach to Nashville’s John C. Tune Airport early Monday evening crashed next to a packed YMCA, killing all four people on board. Nobody on the ground was hurt.

The Aero Commander, N840V, had departed Great Bend Municipal Airport in Kansas for the planned 2 hour, 15 minute flight, according to ATC records. Weather in Nashville was reported as a 900-foot overcast ceiling with 6 miles visibility in mist and temperatures just below freezing.

The airplane was on its second approach to Runway 2 into Nashville when it crashed about 10 miles from the airport, according to local media reports. All four people aboard were family members, according to the initial reports.

A spokeswoman for the YMCA told reporters there were around 300 people inside the facility when the crash occurred. A few cars in the parking lot were damaged when the airplane narrowly missed the building, she said.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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