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Plane Crash Photos Could Help Reveal What Went Wrong

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by Nick Beres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Evidence photographs obtained by NewsChannel 5 could provide federal investigators clues as to what led to a plane crash Tuesday at the Nashville airport that killed one person.

"One of the purposes of this investigation is to investigate the man-machine enviroment of the situation," said NTSB lead investigator Jay Neylon at a news conference Wednesday. 

NewsChannel 5 obtained the photographs from an independent source after the conference and did not review them with Neylon.

Sources close to the investigation said one photograph appears to show that the small Cessna aircraft crashed nose first into the runway as though the pilot flew straight into the ground.

Another photograph shows the impact was so great it tore the engine from the fuselage tossing it nearly one hundred yards away.

Other photos show that the plane hit the runway and then tumbled off into the nearby grass.

First responders on the scene found the body of 45-year-old Michael Callan of Windsor, Canada. Another photo shows the body covered by a yellow tarp.  Sources said Callan was badly burned and thrown about ten feet from the cockpit.

At the news conference Neylon confirmed "there was a post impact fire. So there was fuel on board.  How much? I can't say."

So far, no one can explain why those in the control tower did not see the plane crash around 3 a.m.  The wreck was found six hours later. 

But sources said the photos may provide a hint.  A couple of them show the plane in the foreground with the control tower about a mile back and still shrouded in the fog even in the daylight.  It's unclear if anyone could see the crash site at that moment.  And it begs the question:  What chance would there be of seeing it at night when the fog was even thicker?

This still doesn't explain why the control tower did not pick up the plane on radar before it crashed early Tuesday. The NTSB is still investigating and expects to release an update in a couple of weeks.


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