The twin prop plane that crashed next to the Bellevue YMCA on Monday has impacted many lives, although most residents don't personally know the victims who were inside the plane - most of us fully understand how tragic the loss must be for other family members. WGNS has received several emails from residents mentioning the fact that the incident is an example of how precious life really is.
The Gulfstream 690C that crashed on Monday had a total of four people on board. Killed were pilot 62-year-old Glenn Mull and his 63-year-old wife Elaine, their daughter 40-year-old Amy Harter and granddaughter 16-year-old Samantha Harter.
The family was flying from Kansas to Nashville for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Trade Show. The plane missed the first approach at the John C. Tune airport and was circling the city to make a second approach when the crash occurred.
The YMCA in Bellevue remains closed as the National Transportation Safety Board continues their investigation. However, an employee of the local YMCA in Murfreesboro has sent out a personal letter of concern that highlights some of the feelings from YMCA staff and members. Marida Balch gave WGNS permission to share her letter that we received on Wednesday…
As most of you know, I began my YMCA career at the Bellevue YMCA and also grew up in that community. With that being said, the events on Monday afternoon hit very close to home. Some of you have asked about the center and the employees so I want to give you all an update.
For those who have not seen the news in the past few days, a small plane crashed just 20 feet from the facility killing all 4 people inside. Remarkably, a fast landing took place and did not harm anyone on the ground. As many of you know, Monday nights are the busiest for us and most YMCAs. The Bellevue YMCA had an estimated 300 people in the building at that time and it is a pure blessing that no one else was harmed or killed in this crash.
Especially for those staff and members who saw, felt and heard this crash, they are all in some serious shock. Please keep the family of the victims and also the staff and members in your prayers right now. They could all use it right now.