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New Details On Fatal Crash Of Canadian Plane At Nashville Airport

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Michael Callan, courtesy of CBC, Windsor. Michael Callan, courtesy of CBC, Windsor.

by Nick Beres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – New information has revealed more about a fatal plane crash at the Nashville International Airport.

The incident occurred nearly two months ago. The pilot was identified as Michael Callan, who investigators said piloted a rented Cessna Skyhawk across the international border from Canada to Tennessee.

According to officials, Callan was arrested in 1997 for a string of robberies in Windsor, Canada. He was sentenced to more than a decade in prison. A few years after his release, authorities said Callan rented the plane, deviated from his flight plan and flew over the international border.

Callan later crashed in dense fog in Nashville. The reason of his landing in Nashville has remained a mystery. Investigators said one theory was Callan decided to fly south, ultimately to Mexico in order to escape any continuing legal troubles in Canada.

First responders at the crash site found no sign of any weapons, drugs or a large amount of cash.  They said they don't believe he was smuggling narcotics or was planning any kind of terrorist attack.

Investigators said Callan was most recently arrested in 2011 in connection with a pornography sting. Those charges were dropped, but others remained for disturbing the peace.  Authorities said it's possible another criminal conviction could have sent Callan back to prison and he perhaps took off in the plane simply to get away.

The theory could explain why Callan kept radio silence during the flight, even after encountering the fog over Nashville and didn't seek help from the control tower. Callan crashed onto the tarmac in the fog.

The NTSB has also continued to investigated how that crash could happen without anyone noticing. Tower personnel said they did not know Callan crashed overnight until several hours later in the morning when wreckage was spotted on a runway. 

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