One killed in first plane crash at TRI since 1930's

From Staff Reports

   BLOUNTVILLE -- A small plane crashed Sunday afternoon at Tri-Cities Regional Airport, killing the pilot and seriously injuring the only passenger, according to airport authorities, who said the fatality is the first to occur in the history of the airport that opened in 1937.
   Names of the victims were not immediately available Sunday.
   Airport Director John Hanlin said the single-engine Cessna 210 is registered to William Kerman of Estill Springs, Tennessee. The plane arrived from Greeneville at approximately 12:30 p.m.
   Eyewitnesses said the plane rolled to the left after it landed and one of the rear tires either locked or blew out. The plane then left the ground again, made one loop, then completely nose-dived. Hanlin said the pilot died on impact.
   The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the crash.
   Hanlin said the crash did not interfere with other flights because the accident happened at the far end of the facility.
   TRI is a full-service commercial airport that serves as a gateway to East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina and parts of Kentucky.