By Staff and wire reports
SMYRNA, Tenn. – A crash of a twin-engine airplane registered to Hudson Management Corp. of Tupelo on Friday afternoon killed one person.
Authorities are investigating the crash of the Cessna 310 that happened around 1:50 p.m. about three to four miles from Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen of Atlanta.
Bergen said local authorities have confirmed one person was killed
The cause of the crash is unknown.
The NEMS Daily Journal has learned that no member of the Hudson family – including Rob Hudson, president of Hudson Management and the owner-operator of McDonald’s restaurants in Tupelo, Saltillo and New Albany – was killed in the accident.
“I don’t have any details of the crash, but it was my airplane,” Hudson said in a text message. “No one in my family was on the flight. Please pray for the family of the pilot. I am afraid it was a very dear friend of mine.”
Sgt. Bobby Gibson of the Smyrna Police Department said the plane had engine trouble and tried to land in the field. He said there was no evidence of an explosion or fire.
Gibson said the wreckage “is compacted into the ground.”
The investigation was suspended at sunset and will resume Saturday.
John Black, executive director of Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport, told WSMV-TV in Nashville that the plane crashed behind a church. A photojournalist for the television station reported seeing debris scattered in the field behind the church.