Originally Posted By OngoingFreedom:
This is my based airport.
The morning this crash occurred there was dense fog, necessitating CAT III approaches. The crash occurred at 3 am. At 8 am I checked local weather for a long-distance flight and saw that BNA was low IFR, so I checked for takeoff alternates. Sparta/Upper Cumberland (SRB) is about 50 nm away and was good VFR, and there were other possibilities.
They are saying that ATC was unaware that the aircraft was there, meaning he flew under VFR into an extremely low IFR airport.
The C172 was C-GRJH registered to the Windsor Flying Club.
Pilot's name was Michael Callan from Windsor, Ontario.
The airplane was scheduled to land in Canada on Monday evening.
The body was thrown about six feet from the aircraft and was badly burned.
The wreckage was discovered by flight crews who reported debris on the runway.
Very, very odd.
I flew out at about noon and taxied within about 2-3,000' from the wreck site. There was definitely something just off 2C to the right at about S1 taxiway but it was not recognizable as an airplane. Again, it WAS about 3K away. The runway was still shut down as of 10 am this morning.
How does even a primary target not get noticed by ATC as it stops dead center over the airport?
Sleeping tower controllers have missed my trying to land even after I called on the radio 6 times while 5 feet over the runway.