| NASHVILLE, Tenn.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Feb 3 Four family members died
in an airplane crash in Tennessee on Monday that nearly struck a
crowded community health center and retirement village, federal
and local officials said.
The twin-engine Gulfstream aircraft, which was flying from
Great Bend, Kansas, crashed before 5 p.m. local time in
Bellevue, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) outside of Nashville's
John C. Tune Airport, where it was heading, the Metropolitan
Nashville Police Department said.
The plane was registered to a Kansas company, Federal
Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.
The pilot and passengers had not been identified but were
believed to be related, officials said.
The plane missed its first approach to the airport and was
preparing for a second try when it crashed, leaving a stream of
debris for up to about 80 yards (73 meters), police said.
"Something caused it to be very low. There is a report that
it maybe banked just a bit, impacted the trees, and went down in
that yard beside the YMCA," said Nashville police spokesman Don
Aaron. Three bodies had been recovered.
The crash, which damaged cars in the YMCA's parking lot,
could have killed dozens of people inside the building, said
Jessica Fain, a spokeswoman for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.
"Although members do not check out when leaving our
facilities, scan reports indicate that as many as 300 people
likely entered the building between 3 (p.m.) and 5 p.m.," Fain
(Reporting by Tim Ghianni in Nashville, Tenn.; Writing by Eric
M. Johnson; Editing by Catherine Evans)