Athens Man Killed After Aircraft Crash in Polk County

NewsChannel 9 has learned that an Athens man was killed over the weekend in Polk County after the small sports aircraft he was in crashed.

Polk County EMS Director Steven Lofty says the victim is Gary Wayne Church of Athens.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon at about 2 p.m. at Chilhowee Gliderport in Benton.

Lofty says witnesses saw the aircraft veer and then hit the ground.

Bystanders say it was upside down when they got to it.

They righted it and tried to render aid.

The victim was declared dead by emergency responders.

His body was sent to Nashville for an autopsy.

The FAA is involved in the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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