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Plane Makes Crash Landing In East Nashville; No Sign Of Pilot

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EAST NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police are calling it mystery.  A 1961 aircraft was discovered at an airfield in East Nashville, but there's no sign of the pilot.

The plane apparently crash landed at Cornelia Park Air Park, which is closed, sometime over the weekend. But they don't know who put it here or where it came from. Police said it's not a crime, but it's highly suspicious.

The plane was first spotted by a Metro Parks employee on Saturday morning, and when it was still there on Sunday he reported it to Metro Police. Police worked with the FAA for several hours Sunday in an attempt to figure out where the plane came from.

"From what we know from the FAA, a flight plan was not made for several months for this plane," said Metro Police spokesperson, Don Aaron. 

Which leads to another unanswered question of who was in the cockpit and crash landed the plane, belly first, at a closed air park in East Nashville?

"Don't know who was on board, who was flying the plane," said Aaron.

Two questions Metro Police and the FAA are trying to crack in one of their more bizarre investigations.

"It would seem that whoever was on the plane purposefully wanted to put it down at an inconspicuous airfield with no one around in the middle of the night," said Aaron.

There's no sign of injury and after a sniff search from police dogs, no sign of drugs or contraband. But something still doesn't add up for police.

"No one has come around to claim at 1961 beech twin engine aircraft and that is rather suspicious," said Aaron.

All they can do at this point is make a report for 'found property.' Aaron hopes the pilot who put it here will come claim his vintage plane and give some much needed answers about why he or she disappeared after quietly crash landing a twin engine aircraft.

"Why, if you are in distress, why you wouldn't notify the control tower? Get some emergency vehicles out here in case the landing didn't go well, would be something that any normal pilot would do," said Aaron.

An FAA registry shows the plane belongs to the Great American Transportation Company. Their address is listed as the closed Cornelia Fort Air Park.

Police are trying to get in touch with someone from that company who can hopefully give them more insight on who might have been in the cockpit of this mystery plane.

It's not illegal for a plane to fly without a flight plan. The FAA only requires one for aircrafts traveling above a certain altitude.

 

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