Glenn and Elaine Mull died in the plane crash near the Bellevue YMCA Monday. (Photo credit: Facebook)
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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
Four family members from Kansas are dead after a small plane came crashing down in Bellevue near the YMCA Monday night.
The crash was reported about 5 p.m. Monday off Highway 100 near Temple Road. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the crash involved a Gulfstream 690C airplane that was on approach to John C. Tune Airport in north Nashville.
The plane was registered to Mid-Kansas Agri Co. out of Kansas and had left from Great Bend Municipal Airport in Great Bend, KS.
The victims were identified as 62-year-old Glenn Mull, who was the pilot; his wife, 63-year-old Elaine Mull; their daughter, 40-year-old Amy Harter; and their granddaughter, 16-year-old Samantha Harter.
They were reportedly on their way to the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
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 are no reports of injuries to anyone who was on the ground or 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.
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.
Investigators from the NTSB arrived Tuesday morning. Metro police investigators used laser technology and other equipment to document and diagram the crash site for the FAA and NTSB to assist the investigation.
Flames from the crash rekindled Tuesday morning, so firefighters rushed back to the crash scene to extinguish the wreckage.
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