Plane crash victim's ID withheld pending autopsy

By NEMS Daily Journal

SMYRNA, Tenn. — Authorities are waiting for autopsy results before releasing the identity of a pilot killed in a plane crash last week in Smyrna.

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

Contrary to early reports that three people were on board, Symrna Police Sgt. Bobby Gibson said the pilot was the only person on the Cessna 310 when it crashed Friday afternoon.

Gibson said police “feel confident” that they know the identity of the pilot but want to be certain before releasing the information. He said the autopsy results should be released in a few days.

Gibson said a family has contacted police about the victim, but he declined to elaborate further pending official identification and notification.

The plane crashed about 1:50 p.m. Friday near a church shortly after takeoff from Smyrna Airport, just two miles from the crash site. Witnesses said the twin-engine plane clipped a tree before nosediving into the ground.