Three Air National Guard members die during crash in Tennessee


Three members of the Tennessee Air National Guard were killed in a plane crash southeast of Nashville, according to reports.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported that a single-engine Piper PA-28 crashed on Tuesday near Warren County Memorial Airport in McMinnville.

The casualties have been reported as Lt. Col. Shelli Huether, Capt. Jessica Wright, and Senior Master Sgt. Scott Bumpus of the 118th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group.

According to the Military Times, Heuther was director of operations for the 118th Intelligence Support Squadron, while Wright was assistant director of operations for the same unit.

An enlisted man, Bumpus was chief of current operations for the 236th Intelligence Squadron

Maj. Danielle Parton, a spokeswoman for the 118th Wing, claimed the two female officers and enlisted man had scheduled the day off and were planning to have some fun.

“Words cannot begin to explain the shock, grief, pain and dismay we feel having lost three remarkable members of our Guard family,” said Col. Todd Wiles, commander of the 118th Wing. “All three were dedicated to the service of our nation.”

Witnesses claim the aircraft was attempting to return to the airfield when it crashed, having only recently taken off. It is unknown who was flying the plane.

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