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3 people die in plane crash

3 people die in plane crash

Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 6:25 am
By: AP

  By ROSE FRENCH

Associated Press Writer

NASHVILLE (AP) — A twin-engine plane was spinning as it fell from the sky and crashed Monday several miles from Nashville’s major airport, killing a retail executive and the two others aboard the plane, witnesses and authorities said.

The twin-engine Beech Baron propeller plane took off from an Arkansas airport and crashed on a wooded hill about 100 yards from a cluster of homes in a rural area on the city’s northwestern edge.

Mark Clayton, who lives about 200 yards from the crash site, said he saw the plane falling and heard the crash. He said it was spinning counterclockwise before it hit the ground: “It sounded like a big bang.”

All three of the plane’s occupants were thrown from the plane, which was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Clayton said he and others ran to the site but knew there was little they could do to help.

Police Monday evening tentatively identified the three as Greg Secrest, 67, the pilot; Rodney (Nick) Tillman, 49, and his wife, Rebecca Ann Tillman, 42, all from Hot Springs, Ark. Confirmation of their identities through dental records was still pending.

The plane was headed to Nashville International Airport, about 15 miles southeast of the crash site.

There was rain and fog in the area at the time crash, but Les Dorr, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration, said investigators can’t yet say what caused the crash.

Police said Nick Tillman was a co-owner of retailer Earthbound Trading Co. and was headed to Nashville on a business trip. The company’s Web site said its 80 locations in 16 states sell jewelry, clothing and accessories.
Published in The Messenger 11.25.08

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