Plane crash takes one life

By | October 28, 2003 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
According to Central Dispatch Van Buren County E-911, on
Oct. 22, 2003, a single engine plane was reported missing after being lost from radar before reaching its destination.
At approximately 7:15 a.m., Oct. 23, 2003, a civilian contacted Van Buren County and said he had located the wreckage in a remote area near Fall Creek Falls State Park.
The plane, a Piper Saratoga, was operated by Philip Patton, 50, senior vice-president for human resources at Nashville based HCA.
Searchers reached the wreckage of a small plane near Fall Creek Falls State Park and said it appeared to be the craft that was missing on a flight from Nashville to Smithville.
Kurt Pickering, of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, said the crash was a fatality, and only the pilot was on board.
Local officials reported the plane’s tail number was illegible after the crash, but the type and paint scheme of the plane matched the description of the missing craft.
TEMA also said paperwork found in the wreckage indicated the plane was the one missing from Nashville.

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