ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two men were seriously injured in a small plane crash Monday morning in Robertson County.
The crash happened around 10 a.m. off Kinneys Road just after Airport Road in Springfield.
The Robertson County Emergency Medical Services reported the two victims, both in their 30s, were taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center with serious injuries.
The FAA said the plane was a two-engine Piper 23 that had just taken off from the Springfield-Robertson County Airport, which is a little more than a mile away from the crash site.
One resident who lives near the crash site said she heard the engine of the plane shut off and then she heard crackling like branches breaking.
The plane went down in trees near a tobacco barn on Head LLC farmland, which is in the direct path of the takeoff from the airport. The landowner, Phillip Head, told News 2 he knew a tragedy like this was bound to happen one day with how many planes fly over his land every day.
The airport manager could not release any further information than EMS or FAA, but said their only concern was making sure the two men are OK, adding they were like family to the airport.
First responders on the scene told News 2 the owner of the aircraft, who was not onboard, said the men were just going to fly a landing pattern around the airport and come right back.
The Federal Aviation Administration released the following statement:
“A twin-engine Piper 23 crashed while departing the runway at Springfield-Robertson County Airport in Springfield, Tenn., at 10:15 a.m. local time today. Two people were aboard. Please contact local authorities for the occupants’ names and medical conditions. The FAA does not identify people involved in accidents. The FAA will investigate.”
In an update provided on Tuesday morning by Skyline Medical Center, both patients are now listed in stable condition.