3 people die in north Nashville plane crash, witness saw plane 'spinning'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Metro Police say three people have died in a small plane crash in north Nashville.

The crash happened at about 10:40 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Laws Road and Whites Creek Pike in Joelton.

Authorities say the twin engine plane was traveling from Arkansas to Nashville International Airport.

Witnesses say they heard sputtering, a large boom and an explosion. The plane erupted into flames.

One witness says the twin-engine plane that crashed several miles from Nashville's major airport was spinning as it fell from the sky.

The twin-engine propeller plane crashed on a hill near a cluster of homes on the city's northwestern edge.

There was rain and fog in the area at the time of the crash, but a spokesman for the FAA says investigators can't yet say what caused the plane to go down.

Investigators are looking at whether or not rain and poor visibility contributed to the crash.

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