Butler, Kingsport men die in Sullivan plane crash



FROM STAFF REPORTS
KINGSPORT -- Two people were killed around 5:13 p.m. Sunday when a small Beech Bonanza aircraft crashed in the middle of a field on Quail Private Drive off Beulah Church Road in Kingsport, according to Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
The plane reportedly had been cleared for landing at Tri-Cities Regional Airport and crashed before reaching the runway.
Deputies said Cecil W. Doran, owner of the field, told sheriff's deputies he heard a loud noise and went to the field. After approaching the aircraft, two bodies were found.
According to the sheriff's office, the men were identified as Samuel Preston Swett, 59, 842 Sugar Hollow Road, Butler, and Jeff Byrd, 39, 701 Rock Springs Road, Kingsport. Swett also was the owner of the plane.
Byrd reportedly was giving flying lessons to Swett after leaving Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
The bodies of both men were transported to Wellmont Holston Valley Emergency Room.
The incident was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board for investigation.