Plane Crashes Near Lebanon Airport; Pilot Dies

Posted at 3:58 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 00:03:20-05

The pilot of a single-engine plane involved in a crash in Wilson County has died.

Officials with the Lebanon Police Department said the crash happened near Kent Drive and the Lebanon Municipal Airport.

Police taped off a residential area at the corner of Kent Drive where the plane landed in the backyard of a home.

The pilot, Mark L. Harrell was inside the plane at the time. Officials said he was flying a one-seater experimental plane.

First responders spent time trying to help Harrell and conducted CPR. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to University Medical Center where he later died. Authorities said he was in his 50's

"It landed in the backyard of the house," said P.J. Hardy, of the Lebanon Police Department. "There's not a lot of damage. From some of the eye witness statements, it came pretty much straight down, so there wasn't much residual damage to the surrounding property."

According to the FAA, the plane was registered to a Lebanon resident.  The NTSB said late Thursday night that they will be leading the investigation. 

Neighbors and witnesses in the area said they heard loud noises coming from the plane before it went down. It could be weeks or even months before a cause of the investigation is determined.