Smoke rises from the deadly plane crash just outside the YMCA in Bellevue as investigators look over the scene February 4, 2014. Samuel M. Simpkins / The Tennessean
NASHVILLE — A small twin-propeller plane slammed into the ground Monday afternoon, killing four on board just yards from where children played and swam at a busy YMCA in Bellevue.
“I was with the kids. They were swimming. I was down on the benches watching them swim,” said Chastity Mitchell, who lives in Bellevue. “I just heard a really horrible explosion and looked up (at) those glass windows and saw a wall of fire.”
All four people on board died in the crash, authorities said, which spat flames 20 feet into the air along with a plume of smoke that could be seen for blocks and debris littered the ground 100 feet away in every direction.