Sheriff Identifies Pilot Killed in Claiborne Plane Crash

Tazewell, Claiborne County (WVLT) - The Claiborne County Sheriff's Office has identified the pilot who died in a plane crash south of Tazewell Monday as 58-year-old Larry Sanders of Wapakaneta, Ohio.

The Sheriff says Sanders took off from Ohio in a single engine Piper Archer.

He was en route to Pigeon Forge to pick up his wife.

The FAA just cleared the scene of the crash, a wooded area in the community of Goins.

The sheriff says the plane was running when it impacted the ground.

Authorities describe what one witness says he saw, moments before the crash.

"He saw the plane come down out of the clouds, it was sputtering a little bit, like it was in trouble, and as he watched, it didn't climb high enough to make it over this ridge area here," says David Breeding, from the Department of Homeland Security.

Another witness tells WVLT it appeared the pilot was trying to make it to a nearby field to make a possible emergency landing.

The plane crashed just a few yards from that field.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 6828072 -
Gray Television, Inc.