Date & Time: May 29, 2021 at 1055 LT
Type of aircraft:
Cessna 501 Citation I
Registration:
N66BK
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
No
MSN:
501-0254
YOM:
1982
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
6
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport runway 32 at 1053LT with six passengers and one pilot on board. After takeoff, the aircraft entered a right turn and climbed to 2,900 feet when it lost height and descended to 1,800 feet before climbing again to 3,000 feet. It then entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in the Percy Priest Lake, about 5 km east of the airport. All seven occupants were killed, among them the American actor Joe Lara aged 58.