According to officials, one of seven people estimated to have died after a small plane crash on a lake in Tennessee, with diet leader Gwen Lala and her husband and actor Joe Lala. It’s a person.
Cessna C501 was heading to Palm Beach, Florida, but crashed on Percy Priest Lake, about three miles from the takeoff point in Smyrna, Tennessee, officials said.
Colonel Joshua Sanders of the Rutherford County Fire Rescue Team told the press that a witness had seen the plane enter the sea near the marina, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said. ..
“Our efforts have moved from rescue to recovery. At this point, we are not looking for living victims,” he said.
66-year-old Gwen Lara is the founder of the Remnant Fellowship Church and author of the “Weight Loss Diet” program, “Helping People Move Away from Love for Food and toward Love for God.” Yes, it’s written on her website.
Joe Lara, 58, briefly played Tarzan in the 1990s television series Tarzan: Epic Adventures.
The church issued a statement shortly after the crash.
“The Chambrin, Hannah, and Laras families thank you for your concern, support, and prayer. Media reports indicate that some family members may have been involved in a plane crash this morning. The bereaved family We are waiting for details from the authorities …. The family will share the details at the right time. In the meantime, we ask that the family respect the prayers and privacy of everyone involved. . “
Newchannel5 in Nashville reported that Gwen Lara’s daughter Elizabeth Hannah sent a prayer-seeking text to the Remnant family. Hannah emailed the plane “had to descend for a controlled and quick landing.”
Newschanel5 quoted the text that Laras was on a plane with Remnant leaders David and Jennifer Martin, Jonathan and Jessica Walters, and Elizabeth Hannah’s husband, Brandon.
Immediately after the plane crashed, search and recovery efforts began. On Saturday night, the Rutherford County Government confirmed the names of the seven people on board. In addition to Laras, it was estimated that Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah were all dead, according to a Rutherford County news release.
They were all from Brentwood, Tennessee, a city on the outskirts of Nashville with a population of about 40,000.
Officials said the 1982 Cessna plane departed Smyrna Airport on Saturday at 10:53 am. According to a news release, it crashed shortly after takeoff. The National Transportation Safety Board led the investigation.
Contribution: Associated Press
This article was originally published in USA TODAY. Tennessee plane crash: plane with Gwen Lara crashes into lake