Pilot of Tupelo company plane involved in Tennessee crash identified

By Staff and wire report

SMYRNA, Tenn. – Police in Smyrna have identified a man who was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed last week shortly after taking off from the airport.

Sgt. Bobby Gibson, a spokesman for the police, said in a news release on Thursday that the man has been identified as 69-year-old Roc Abou-Sakher, from McEwen, Tenn., in Humphreys County.

The plane was owned by Hudson Management Corp. of Tupelo. Rob Hudson, president of the company, said at the time of the accident the victim was not a member of his family but described him as “a dear friend of mine.”

The pilot was the only person on board the Cessna 310 when it crashed on March 11 in a field about two miles from the Smyrna Airport.

Gibson said his family has been notified and has taken custody of his remains. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.