ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145241
Last updated: 10 December 2013
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Narrative:A Beechcraft G18S apparently crash landed on its belly at Cornelia Fort Air Park - M88, East Nashville, Tennessee, which is closed, sometime over the weekend. Not clear is who put it here or where it came from. Police said it's not a crime, but it's highly suspicious. There was no sign of the pilot.
|Owner/operator:||Great American Transportation Co. Inc.|
|C/n / msn:|| BA-573|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Location:||Cornelia Fort Air Park - M88, East Nashville, TN -
United States of America
|Departure airport:||Miami, FL|
|Destination airport:||Dickson, TN|
Don Aaron, police spokesman, said a Metro Parks Department maintenance worker found the plane Saturday and notified police the next day when it had not moved.
Aaron said officers hope to meet with the pilot, Russell Brothers Jr., in the coming week — the latest in Brothers’ long history of encounters with police. In 1988, he was convicted of international drug smuggling, having brought 1.5 tons of cocaine into South Florida. He served 11 years in prison as part of a 60-year sentence. Brothers said he wasn’t carrying drugs Friday.
“I certainly don’t want any more part of that,” Brothers said. “Like a lot of men in their midlife crisis, they forget about what is important in their life, and I did. I hurt my family then and I certainly don’t want to go through that again,” Brothers said. “It’s not a remote option.”
As for the potential police interview, he said he’d be glad to talk with them. “I have nothing to hide,” he said.
Brothers said he reported the airplane Saturday to a Metro Parks employee who he knows. That information did not make it to law enforcement until Sunday.
“When I was out there in the field Sunday afternoon nobody knew whose it was,” Aaron said.
Brothers grew up in Belle Meade, attended Vanderbilt University and lived at the Airpark before losing his home in the 2010 flood.
FAA records show Brothers received his first pilot’s license in 1966, but that he is not current on the accompanying medical certificate that is required to fly. Asked if he should not have been flying without it, he said that is “essentially correct.”
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||Dr. John Smith
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