Pilot in fatal plane crash used to practice medicine here

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Bradley County Medical Examiner has now identified the victims in Monday night’s plane crash.

They were Dr. William Edward Gist and his wife, Beth Ann.

The Gists were living in Black Mountain, North Carolina and Dr. Gist practiced in Asheville.

But they moved there from our area.

Dr. Gist had a private practice in Fort Oglethorpe before becoming a UT Erlanger Women’s Health Specialist.

Officials say the couple was returning to Asheville from a trip to Texas over the holiday weekend.

They crashed near the Bradley/Polk line around 5:30 PM on Monday.

Executive Assistant to the Bradley County Mayor Adam Lewis said “This plane was rented from a flight club in Asheville, where the victims lived close to the vicinity there… (they) made a stop in Mississippi probably to refuel and then continued on their flight to Asheville.”

The bodies were recovered today.

FAA and NTSB investigators arrived at the scene Tuesday afternoon, but it could be awhile before they have a cause of the crash.

Lewis says the debris is scattered over a rural and wild area.

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