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Nashville aircraft crash: 7 presumed useless after Cessna crashes into Percy Priest Lake

The victims had been recognized in a press launch issued Saturday evening by the Rutherford County Government as William J. Lara, Gwen S. Lara, Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah.

The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from the Smyrna airport round 11 a.m. (midday ET) headed for Palm Beach International Airport, Rutherford County Public Information Officer Ashley McDonald mentioned at a briefing.

The Cessna C501 crashed in Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna, Tennessee, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac advised CNN in an announcement.

Smyrna is about 12 miles south of Nashville.

Operations on the crash website have transitioned from search and rescue to restoration efforts, Incident Commander Rutherford County Fire Rescue Capt. Joshua Sanders mentioned at a press briefing Saturday evening.

“We are no longer in an attempt to looking for live victims at this point so we’re now recovering as much as we can from the crash site,” Sanders mentioned through the third and remaining briefing of the day.

Crews will stay on scene all through the evening, he mentioned.

Dive operations have been performed and a number of other targets have been recognized for dive operations to renew within the morning, based on Sanders.

McDonald mentioned seven individuals had been aboard the aircraft when it crashed and no less than one individual has been confirmed useless.

“I think the situation itself is probably the most difficult part, dealing with the potential impact that this has on family and the community at large,” Sanders mentioned. “Our crews are working very hard, very diligently, all the agencies are working really well together.”

Both the FAA and the NTSB are on scene investigating the crash, based on Sanders.

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