Two bodies found in Tennessee River plane crash

UPDATE: Hamilton County officials say crews found the plane 35 feet down in the river, near where the witness reported hit hitting the water.

The two victims have not been officially identified yet.

Crews have not removed the plane from the river yet, and don’t have a time table for that at this point.  It will depend on the weather.

“The HCSO would like to offer our prayers and condolences to the family of the victims as they continue through the difficult grieving process,” stated Sheriff Jim Hammond. “I want to thank each of our personnel and the many supportive agencies who assisted with locating this aircraft. Thanks to their relentless determination and training, they have been able to locate the wreckage and help bring some needed closure to the family of the victims,” he further noted.



From the family of Capt. Davey:

“The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department has notified the family today that the Bellanca 17-30A airplane owned by Captain Frank W Davey was found with two bodies. They have identified those on board as Captain Davey and a beloved longtime family friend Lynda Marinello, Frank and Lynda were both teachers at Notre Dame High School for many years and their families became very close. The family is saddened to learn of the death of Lynda, which brings us further grief in addition to losing Frank.

The Family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the First responders, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Special Tactics and Rescue Service (STARS), Tennessee Wildlife Recourse Agency (TWRA), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) US Cost Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, and the FAA, in their untiring commitment and overcoming harsh weather conditions to find our loved ones. Truly you are our heroes.

Funeral Arrangements are being made at Lane Funeral Home Ashland Terrace; interment will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Military Honors. Details will be released at a later date.”


SODDY DAISY, Tennessee (WDEF) – Hamilton County officials say divers have found the plane that crashed into the Tennessee River on Monday.

They have recovered two bodies.

Michelle Vartan Novis says her sister, Lynda Vartan Marinello was onboard the plane that crashed into the Lake on Monday northwest of Soddy Daisy.

She says the body was found in the cabin of the plane, still buckled into her seat.

“God spared my beautiful sister and kept her intact in her seat buckled my family and I and her children are suffering awful but she is at least been found.”

Novis posted earlier this morning that crews were going down 50 feet into the water to investigate what could be the plane’s fuselage.

Family members have previously identified the pilot as Capt. (ret) Frank W Davey.

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