Sheriff IDs body pulled from plane wreckage

Published: May. 4, 2015 at 1:40 PM CDT|Updated: May. 5, 2015 at 1:24 AM CDT
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Backhoe on the scene (Source: WAFF)
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LINCOLN COUNTY, TN (WAFF) - Crews recovered the body of a pilot involved in a plane crash in Lincoln County on Monday, according to the Lincoln County sheriff.

Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said authorities identified the pilot to be Linda Bauman, a Belvidere, TN resident. Bauman worked as an advanced practice nurse anesthetist at Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester.

The crash happened on Sunday off of Lynchburg Highway near the Mulberry community on a gated farm.

There was no one on the farm to see or report the crash until Monday morning.

A worker at the scene said the plane left Winchester on Sunday. He said there was one person aboard the plane, which crashed into a pond.

First responders said the plane hit the ground extremely hard, and they knew as soon as they arrived on-scene there would be no survivors.

Officials are working on draining the four-foot deep pond as they continue to investigate the crash. The pond is full of wreckage and muddy water - the sheriff says there is too much debris for them to send people in straight away.

"The wreckage is extensive," said Sheriff Blackwelder. "It's partially submerged in the pond. We are hesitant to put rescuers in the water due to the sharp metal and everything."

Several cows were also killed when the plane crashed.

According to the FAA, the plane is a four-seat Cessna-182P, a fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft. This particular aircraft, which was registered to Bauman, was manufactured in 1975.

The National Transportation Safety Board will take over the investigation Tuesday morning.

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