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Middle Tennessee authorities report 3 people killed in small plane crash near Natchez Trace Parkway

A small plane crashed in Williamson County, killing all three on board, according to federal and county officials.

Williamson County Chief Deputy Mark Elrod said during a news conference Wednesday night that the plane left Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was headed to Louisville, Kentucky, when it crashed around noon. He did not name the victims.

“It looks like the plane broke up in the air,” Elrod said, adding that the debris field appears to be about a half-mile long.

The Williamson County Fire/Rescue Department posted on Facebook that the crash occurred in the area of ​​Bending Chestnut Road and Davis Hollow Road near Natchez Trace Parkway, about 50 miles southwest of Nashville.

In a brief news conference before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jill Burgin, spokeswoman for the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency, said there was a 911 call around 12:05 p.m.

“He just said a possible plane crash, but he didn’t have a lot of details,” Burgin said of the caller. “He just heard a sound and saw debris, so that was all the information he gave.”

The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed in Xthe site formerly known as Twitter, that the plane was a Beech V35 and that it was investigating the single-engine accident.

The Federal Aviation Administration said its office and the NTSB will investigate.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office asked residents to avoid the area while crews worked the scene.

The Williamson County Fire/Rescue Department said they closed the following roads:

  • Bending Chestnut Road at Natchez Trace Parkway

  • 5900 block of Davis Hollow Road

  • 5800 block of Bending Chestnut Road

“If you live in the area and find debris on your property, please contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 615-790-5550,” the fire department said.

This is breaking news and will be updated as soon as more information is available.

This article originally appeared in Nashville Tennessean: Small plane crash reported near Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee