MULBERRY, Tenn. — Authorities recovered the body of a Franklin County woman Monday afternoon from wreckage of a plane crash on a farm near Mulberry, said Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder from the scene.
Officials identified her as 46-year-old Linda Bauman of Belvidere, a certified registered nurse anesthetist affiliated with Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester. She was the pilot of the small single-engine plane that had taken off Sunday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. from the Winchester Municipal Airport in neighboring Franklin County.
There was no flight plan filed for the departure, according to officials, who think the crash may have occurred about 3 p.m. Sunday.
The scene was discovered Monday morning when the farm manager was checking on cows on the farm along Steelman Rd. just off state Route 50 near the Moore County line said Blackwelder.
“At this point we’re not sure what might have happened to cause the crash,” Blackwelder said, adding that investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had arrived on the scene Monday afternoon and authorities with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were expected to arrive on Tuesday.
According to Ritchie Lewis, with the Winchester Police Department, friends said Bauman was an experienced pilot and that it was not uncommon for her to come to the airport on Sunday afternoons and take her plane out for an hour or so flight. The plane was reported missing Sunday night.
Officials had to drain the pond to recover the woman’s body. They were afraid to send divers into the pond due to sharp metal debris being prevalent as a result of wreckage. Authorities had already combed the area in search of any possible victims.
Two cows were killed and two others injured as a result of the crash.
Both the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Dept. and Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency responded.
—The Elk Valley Times