Authorities identified three members of the National Guard who died after a plane crashed in Tennessee on Tuesday.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the victims were Lt. Col. Shelli Dawn Huether, 45, of Nolensville; Captain Jessica Naomi Wright, 37, of Murfreesboro and Scott Alan Bumpus, 53, of Murfreesboro.
All three were part of the 18th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group.
According to preliminary information compiled by the FAA, the accident occurred under unknown circumstances and while the flight was en route.
The information shows that one person was part of the flight crew and two people were passengers. It was not immediately clear who was piloting the plane.
“Words cannot begin to explain the shock, grief, pain and dismay we feel at having lost three notable members of our Guard family,” Colonel Todd Wiles said in a press release.
“All three were dedicated to the service of our nation. Their families are in our hearts and in our prayers”.
No one else was on board.
The plane took off from the Warren County airport and crashed into a nearby field, said National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.
A witness told investigators that the plane appeared to be trying to return to the airport when it crashed.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
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