(BREAKING NEWS as of 8 a.m. central, May 25, 2021) – Cumberland and Roane County first responders are heading to the scene of a possible plane crash in the area of the Rockwood Airport. Officials had communication with the male pilot of the single engine small aircraft when they lost connection and sounded like the plane went down.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert notice this morning shortly after the plane went off radar to public safety agencies, pilots and airports alerting them about a missing Gulfstream American AA-5A. The plane is a four-seater. It’s not clear how many people may have been aboard.
(UPDATE – 10:45 a.m. central) – A command post for first responders has been set up on Camp Howard Road near Oakdale at a church. The plane is now believed to have crashed close to this scene.
(UPDATE – Noon central) – A new command post for first responders has been set up at a church in the Linary community of Cumberland County. Latest details released indicate the pilot may have attempted to circle after leaving the airport and was last pinged in the area of Hinch Mountain.
This is a breaking news story and more information will be released at a later time.