Crashkilling diet guru Gwen Chamblin’s pilot error


NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The small plane crash in Tennessee that killed weight-loss guru Gwen Shamblin Lara and six others was the result of her husband, actor Joe Lara, flying the plane. It likely happened while I was maneuvering, and I got disorientated in heavy clouds. says the National Transportation Safety Board.

Joe Lara, who played Tarzan in the 1990s TV series Tarzan: An Epic Adventure, was piloting a Cessna C501 on March 29, 2021. Minutes after the plane took off from the airport outside Nashville, Percy plunged into Priest Lake.

According to the crash report released Wednesday, Flight Track Data found that the plane “made a series of changes of direction, along with several climbs and descents, before entering a left turn on a steep descent.” bottom.

An NTSB performance study found that the maneuver was consistent with a form of spatial disorientation called body gravity illusion, in which the aircraft nosed up when the pilot was actually in a continuous descent. may have recognized.

Lara was rated to fly with instruments only, but William Lardent, a local flight instructor who had flown several times with Lara in the crashed Cessna, said Lara had to rely on instruments in areas with poor visibility. He told investigators he had a hard time using the plane’s autopilot.

Lardent said Lara was a safe pilot but had problems with multitasking and situational awareness.

“Mr. Lara couldn’t mentally visualize where the plane was in time/space unless she was looking at it on her iPad.

“Mr. Lara wanted to fly to big cities like New York or Las Vegas, but Lardent said those areas were too crowded to navigate in a fast-moving environment.” I said I’m not ready because I need to”. to the docs.

According to the report, witnesses to the crash said that “the plane crashed into the lake in a ‘straight up’ attitude, and before seeing the nose of the plane hit the water first, it was a low-flying military jet.” I heard what he thought was a’ fisherman included. .

A post-accident examination of the wreckage revealed no apparent mechanical failure with the aircraft, and investigators believe it is unlikely that the pilot’s or co-pilot’s medical condition contributed to the crash.

Rutherford County officials previously identified other victims as Brandon Hannah, David L. Martin, Jennifer J. Martin, Jessica Walters, and Jonathan Walters. They, along with Laras, were from nearby Brentwood. They were planning a trip to Palm Beach.

Gwen Shamblin Lara founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood in 1999 and wrote a book on faith-based weight loss.