Two victims of Hamilton Co. plane crash remembered


As investigators are creating their plan to recover the plane, the pilot and passenger’s families are dealing with a recovery of their own. Investigators identified Frank Davey and Lynda Marinello. They died in a plane crash on Monday. (Scroll down for funeral arrangements).

Just an hour after both families found out their loved ones died, they spoke to NewsChannel 9 about their favorite memories.

“You could go anywhere around town, somebody there knows Frank,” said Stuart Davey, Frank’s son.

And the Marinellos can’t help but remember their wife and mother for her glamorous side.

“We used to joke that she would put makeup on to go down the driveway to get the mail,” said Chris Marinello, Lynda’s husband.

Davey and Marinello boarded Davey’s BELLANCA 1730-A plane on Monday. A joy ride that wasn’t out of the normal. The two families say they have been friends for 20 years.

“You never think it's going to happen to you, especially in a plane crash,” said Marinello.

They left the Dallas Bay SkyPark runway around 1:25 p.m. Monday.

The FAA says they crashed into Chickamauga Lake minutes later.

“It's the hardest call I’ve ever had to make in my life,” said Marinello.

He was in Sale Creek Thursday as they pulled her body out of the plane. She and Davey were still strapped in.

“I said, ‘I love you Dad,’ and he said, ‘I love you too buddy,’ and I remember it as clear as anything,” said Davey.

The Daveys and the Marinellos prayed for a different outcome.

But instead of focusing on the ending, they’re holding holding on to every reason that made them smile.

“She would want them to remember the best of her. That's important. That's what we're hanging onto right now,” said Marinello.


The family says Marinello's funeral will be at Urban Lawn on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at 306 West Main Street in Chattanooga.

Visitation for Davey will happen Tuesday, January 15th at Lane Funeral Home (on Ashland Terrace) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. His service will be the next day, Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hixson Presbyterian Church, at 1450 Jackson Mill Road. In lieu of flowers, the family says contributions may be made to United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

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