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Small plane crashes outside YMCA in Nashville

Front view of an airplane

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A small plane crashed near a YMCA in suburban Nashville on Monday night, killing everyone on board and damaging cars in the Y's parking lot, authorities said.

Authorities believe four members of the same family were on board the flight, which crashed near the Y in Bellevue, Nashville police said in a statement. They have not yet released the identities of the victims. The flight plan listed four people on board, the Federal Aviation Administration said. No one on the ground was injured, Nashville fire department spokeswoman Kim Lawson said.

The plane was a Gulfstream 690C that departed from Great Bend Municipal Airport in Great Bend, Kan., at 2:45 p.m. and crashed 10 miles south of John C. Tune Airport in Nashville about 5 p.m. The flight was bound for John C. Tune Airport but missed its first approach and was preparing for a second one when the aircraft crashed, Nashville Police said.

Police said the plane hit trees on the right side of the YMCA before crashing into the ground. The wreckage and debris is said to have spread over an area of more than 80 yards.

Morgan MacGavin was studying in a Starbucks when the plane crashed, narrowly avoiding the Y's indoor swimming pool. She said people in the Starbucks ran outside to see a roaring fire and thick plumes of smoke.

"It looked like someone had poured gasoline on a bonfire," MacGavin said. "It was probably the largest fire I have ever seen in my life."

No one was injured inside the YMCA, said Jessica Fain, a spokeswoman for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.

She said the center was evacuated. Fain had no idea how many people were inside the gym, but she said the crash occurred during what is normally a peak time at the gym.

The plane is registered to an agricultural company located just outside Great Bend. Federal investigators were en route to the scene.

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Maria February 04 2014 at 2:27 PM

Ck the weaterriport , don't risk to fly !

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mktgmgr1 February 04 2014 at 7:16 AM

Yeah ... Good enough ... no need to pay for a Getty pic ... plus those big engine housing a more attention getting than a propeller. Yeah ... good enough ... for us "dummies."

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kmalerich February 04 2014 at 7:59 AM

An Aero Commander 690 (Gulfstream) is technically a 'small airplane' (less than 12,500 pounds by FAA regulations). The picture shown is of an Airbus A320 (or possibly 319, 318 or 321). The A-320 can gross at 167,000 and the 321 even more. So it is a 'gross' picture error.

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usapaydirt kmalerich February 04 2014 at 8:12 AM

Well, it's in the plane family, right ? At least they didn't insert a photo of a sparrow or toucan there instead..

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nf1stinks kmalerich February 04 2014 at 9:19 AM

I bet that you are a genius. Fire the entire FAA.. and hire you.

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Donald Harwell February 04 2014 at 8:13 AM

Don't you like those new GE Torbofans on my upgraded 690c?

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usapaydirt Donald Harwell February 04 2014 at 8:20 AM

Absolutely fabulous Don, but I must assume they make vast changes to your fuel flow numbers....

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misfitprofessor February 04 2014 at 8:17 AM

Cant even google a pix of the correct plane?

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Dave misfitprofessor February 04 2014 at 8:49 AM

go to "tennessean.com" for correct info and pictures

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misfitprofessor February 04 2014 at 8:17 AM

not even the same plane in both pix!!

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mwb58 February 04 2014 at 8:39 AM

This is a picture of a jet liner not a small plane.

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roger19544 mwb58 February 04 2014 at 9:00 AM

looks like a gulfstream to me

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nf1stinks mwb58 February 04 2014 at 9:18 AM

Duh.. really.. It is a 'canned'' picture. Just like all the 'canned' pictures of GWBush looking like ALfred E Newman. or pictures of Obama looking like a genius.

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denoferth February 04 2014 at 8:50 AM

Even more proof that "reporters", as a class, are as dumb as bricks with less life experience than the average person. Need proof? Check out the "little plane" depicted in the photos accompanying this "news" story. It's the same old "Piper Cub" rams airliner story that got them noticed years ago. Seems nothing in the liberal arts education scene has changed over the years. imagine the amount of arrogance it takes to presume to educate your audience while knowing even less about the subject than they do. The English have a term for them; they call them "talking heads".

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spadofficemike February 04 2014 at 8:58 AM

So a small plane crashes and you have to use a picture of a jet to hype your story?

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cardiacbuzz February 04 2014 at 6:44 AM

Yep, there's a considerable difference between 747s, 757s and 690Cs.

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usapaydirt cardiacbuzz February 04 2014 at 8:28 AM

It's like writing a story about golf , and using a football for the lead picture. It's like writing a story about motocross and using a Vespa for the lead picture . It's like a new edition of Playboy with a man on the cover. Well maybe not that.....

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