Single Engine Plane Stalls On Take-Off, Falls Into Treeline

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You can see the barrier fence that's beside the runway in the upper right side, behind police car. The 50-feet of undergrowth was so thick that it totally shielded the aircraft from view by apartment dwellers.
The undergrowth is approximately 50-feet from where it begins to the airport runway barrier fence. The vegetation was so thick that you could not see any of the Bonanza aircraft from the apartment complex.

(MURFREESBORO) A single-engine plane stalled while taking off from the Murfreesboro Airport and fell into the treeline at Northfield Lodge Apartments at 603 E. Northfield Boulevard.

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department's Ashley McDonald told NewsRadio WGNS what it was like when she arrived on the scene...



Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Captain Jeff Irvin said that Murfreesboro Airport personnel were on site almost immediately and shut off the fuel line, as there was a small leak. There was no fire present.

WGNS spoke with Bill Green and his wife who reside at the Nothfield Lodge Apartments...



Murfreesboro Airport Manager Chad Gehrke told WGNS that the aircraft was a Beechcraft Bonanza. Although he was not aware of the year the airplane was manufactured, it first went on the market in 1947 and is still manufactured with more than 17,000 distinctive V-tail and traditional tail designs.

Gehrke said, "The plane literally fell from the sky as none of the fence line around the airport was broken."

In fact, the trees cushioned the falling Beechcraft as it was just feet from the airport's ten-foot tall barrier fence.

Again, the 79-year-old male pilot was the only person in the airplane. He reportedly was fully alert and talking when Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services' paramedics transported him to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting an investigation of the crash.

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