Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-04 17:07:23 –
Crossville, Tennessee (WKRN) — Last week, a man in Knoxville died in a single plane crash in the woodlands of Cumberland County near Crossville.
According to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old Vasile Guerlain was found dead at the crash site. Officials at several agencies were warned of the crash of Gulfstream America’s AA-5A aircraft, which Ghelan was flying by Roane County 911 around 7:52 am on May 25.
Guerlain was a student pilot at a flight school in the Knoxville area and was on a training flight at the time of the crash. According to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the plane departed Crossville Memorial Airport at around 7:15 am on the morning of the second section crash, with the next stop at the Cleveland Regional Airport in Cleveland, Tennessee. 50 miles south of Chattanooga and Crossville.
Preliminary research showed that the plane climbed south to 3,700 feet and began gradually descending at around 7:18 am.
At about 7:26 am, at an altitude of about 2,300 feet, Guerlain called the flight instructor. In an NTSB report, his flight instructor stated that Guerlain wasn’t at full power on the plane’s engine. Guerlain’s attitude was calm throughout the call with the instructor. After troubleshooting the aircraft, Guerlain told the instructor that he was about 40 to 50 miles from Crossville at that time, could not return to the airport, and had no nearby airport to land on. His instructor advised him to make an emergency landing in the field, but Guerlain said there were trees and mountains around him.
Guerlain also advised the instructor that he was not in contact with air traffic control. Shortly after this, Ghelan’s instructor said he heard a collision with a tree before the connection was broken.
According to the NTSB, Guerlain took a reverse course about eight miles south of Crossville Airport, “crossing large open arable land and then affecting the uplifted terrain of tree-filled ridges.”
Guerlain began flight training a month before the crash, and according to the instructor, he had about 44 hours of flight experience, all of which were in-flight flights involved in the crash. He was considered “a sincere student who flies an average of three times a week.” The accident aircraft was Guerlain’s first solo crossing flight.
The aircraft was based at Knoxville Downtown Island Home Airport with ID number # N26889. The last inspection was on December 11, 2020.
Read the full preliminary report From the NTSB here..
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