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Plane Crash Kills Tennessee Family Of Four
By: Brad Broders
Posted: Mar 26, 2017 10:20 PM CDT
Updated: Mar 26, 2017 10:20 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - There's grieving across the South Sunday, after a First Tennessee Bank Regional Director from Jackson, Tennessee, and his family were killed Saturday in a plane crash near Hayden, Alabama.

The family confirms Joseph and Jennifer Crenshaw, along with their two teen children - 10th grader Jacob and 8th grader Jillian - died after a Cessna 210 went down in a wooded area.

Family told Local 24 the four were flying back to Jackson after a spring break vacation at Disney World.

"This is hard on all of our guys," West Blount, Alabama Assistant Fire Chief Kyle Ellison said. "No doubt this involving a family and children involved as well, those are always particularly hard calls," Ellison said.

All four people on board lost their lives.

"While they may not be local to this area, this is still a tragedy for our community as well," Ellison said.

Officials said the plane went down shortly after a mayday call at 2:34 Saturday afternoon. The crash jolted witnesses in the area.

"At first we just thought it was thunder and people started stopping and saying they'd seen debris falling," Boyd Wisdom said.

Sunday, that debris was still scattered in three different areas for NTSB investigators. They'll examine a variety of things, including maintenance and inspection records.

"They need every part of the plane and the reason that's intricate to them is that so they can recreate exactly what happened and how it happened and maybe paint a picture and maybe get the answers here to determine what exactly took place," Ellison said.

University School of Jackson - where the two teenage plane crash victims attended - will have grief counselors on campus this week to assist students and staff.

A NTSB spokesperson said it should take between 12 and 18 months to determine the cause of the deadly plane crash.
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Joseph and Jennifer Crenshaw of Jackson, TN, along with their two children Jacob and Jillian, lost their lives following a weather-related aircraft accident on March 25th, 2017.

Joseph Connell Crenshaw, 46, was born on June 16, 1970 in Jackson, TN to Nancy Crenshaw and the late Dr. Tom Crenshaw. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Connell Crenshaw of Humboldt; his brothers, John Crenshaw and Tim Crenshaw; three nieces and two nephews; and his father and mother-in-law, David and Lynn Nance of Trenton. Joseph was a graduate of University of Tennessee at Martin. He was a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist, and Accredited Investment Fiduciary of First Tennessee Bank. He was also a former Board Member of University School of Jackson where his children attended as well as an Instrument-Rated Pilot and a much beloved father and husband. Joseph hosted the neighborhood Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza each year. He was an intelligent, ambitious, and funny Tom Cruise doppleganger. He fought for his family and truly was the glue that held them all together.

Jennifer Dawn Nance Crenshaw, 43, was born on January 31, 1972 in Jackson, TN to David and Lynn Caraway Nance of Trenton. She is survived by her parents, David and Lynn Nance of Trenton; her sister Laura Lynn Springfield of Jackson; two nieces and one nephew; and her mother-in-law, Nancy Crenshaw of Humboldt. Jennifer "Ginger" Crenshaw obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from University of Tennessee at Martin and her Registered Nursing degree from Union University. Ginger was a Certified Private Pilot, who enjoyed painting and art, and entertaining family and friends. Jennifer was, first and foremost, a devoted mother and wife. Jennifer was a beautiful spirit who adored her kids more than anything and fiercely protected them. These Crenshaws were true soulmates and stayed together through thick and thin. This family lived well and were loved more than most. This is why they will be missed so very much!

Jacob Addison Crenshaw, 16, was born on August 10, 2000 in Humboldt, TN to the late Joseph and Jennifer Crenshaw. He is survived by his maternal grandparents, David and Lynn Nance of Trenton and his paternal grandmother, Nancy Crenshaw of Humboldt. Jacob "Thunder Calves" Crenshaw was a sophomore and avid football player at University School of Jackson. He was a four-year member of the USJ band where he played the drums. He also enjoyed playing "Dungeons and Dragons" competitively with his friends. He was a loyal, dedicated, vivacious and handsome young man. He truly inspired those around him with his commitment and positive spirit. Jacob was a natural leader and role model to both his family and friends.

Jillian Celeste Crenshaw, 14, was born on February 17, 2003 in Jackson, TN to the late Joseph and Jennifer Crenshaw. She is survived by her maternal grandparents, David and Lynn Nance of Trenton and her paternal grandmother, Nancy Crenshaw of Humboldt. Jillian was an eighth grader at the University School of Jackson. Jillian was a USJ Scholar, a tennis club member, and a National Presidential Fitness Award Recipient. She was actively involved in both Kincaid-Gooch Voice Studio and University School of Jackson musicals and plays. Jillian was an incredibly talented and riveting aspiring young actress and singer. She was smart, funny, sensitive, kind and had an infectious smile that would light up an entire room.

The period of visitation will be held for two hours on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 11-1 p.m. at West Jackson Baptist Church.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. at West Jackson Baptist Church with a private family burial to follow.
George A. Smith and Sons North Chapel, (731) 427-5555

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Tennessee bank executive, his wife and their two children, aged 14 and 16, died when their Cessna 'comes apart' in the air on their way back from a Spring Break holiday at Disney World
A couple and their children, a 16-year-old boy and a girl, 14, died Saturday
Their Cessna 210 was flying from Kissimmee, Florida to Jackson, Tennessee
The plane crashed near Hayden, Alabama after sending out a mayday signal
Witnesses on the ground saw the wings come off mid-air in high winds
The victims have now been identified as the Crenshaw family from Tennessee
Joseph Crenshaw was a senior executive at First Tennessee Bank
By Chris Summers For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 04:04 EDT, 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:06 EDT, 27 March 2017


A bank executive, his wife and their two teenage children were killed in a plane crash while flying back to their home in Tennessee after a spring break trip to Disney World.

Joseph Crenshaw, 45, his wife Jennifer, 43, their son Jacob, 16, and daughter Jillian, 14, died when their Cessna 210 'came apart' in the air over Alabama on Saturday.

Witnesses on the ground said the plane's wings came off mid-air in high winds before a shower of debris fell from the sky.

The plane took off from Kissimmee, Florida, and was traveling to Jackson, Tennessee, where the Crenshaws lived.

Joseph Crenshaw, 45, (back left) his wife Jennifer, 43, (center) their son Jacob, 16, (right) and daughter Jillian, 14, (front left) died when their plane 'came apart' in the air over Alabama on Saturday. They were on their way back from a spring break trip to Disney World in Florida

Witnesses on the ground said the Cessna 210's wings came off mid-air in high winds before a shower of debris fell from the sky. Above is a file picture of a Cessna 210 +8
Witnesses on the ground said the Cessna 210's wings came off mid-air in high winds before a shower of debris fell from the sky. Above is a file picture of a Cessna 210

A family statement to ABC News said: 'The relatives are grief stricken and are in shock. They are a prominent family in Jackson, Tennessee, with roots that go back to the Revolutionary War.'
Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane around 2:30pm on Saturday.
Minutes later, a 'may day' call was received at 2:34pm, which was around the same time a band of wind came through the area.

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Family of 4 Killed in Plane Crash: ‘It’s So Tragic to Lose Such an Active and Vibrant Family,’ Says Friend
BY CAITLIN KEATING•@CAITKEATING

POSTED ON MARCH 28, 2017 AT 1:03PM EDT

Family of 4 from Tennessee Killed After Their Small Plane Crashed on Trip Home from Disney World
A family of four died in a small plane crash on Saturday while returning to their Tennessee home after a Spring Break vacation at Disney World in Orlando
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Friends of the family of four that died in a plane crash on Saturday are at a loss for words.

The small private plane, which took off from from Kissimmee, Florida, crashed around 2:30 p.m. near Hayden, Alabama, killing Joseph Crenshaw, 45, his wife Jennifer, 43, their son Jacob, 16, and daughter Jillian, 14. The family was returning to their home in Jackson, Tennessee, after a spring break trip to Disney World.

“It’s unbelievable,” says Rick Chin, who went to college and was in the same pledge class at the University of Tennessee with Joseph. “He was always able to put a smile on your face and was always really active in his community.”


Chin, from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, says he and everyone who knew the family can’t believe they’re gone.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” he says. “It’s so tragic to lose such an active and vibrant family. It’s devastating.”

Joseph, he adds, was always willing to have a good time and “had a great head on his shoulders. He was very successful in his community as well. His wife was also a wonderful person and I know his kids were doing really well in school.”

A family member confirmed the news to ABC, saying that “the relatives are grief stricken and in shock. They are a prominent family in Jackson, Tennessee, with roots that go back to the Revolutionary War.”

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The children — Jacob and Jillian — were also beloved by the private school they attended in Jackson.

“Our school community is grieving the heartbreaking loss of the Crenshaw family,” the University of Jackson School wrote on Facebook.

The National Transportation Safety Board confirms to PEOPLE that they’re in the very early stages to determine what caused the crash.

Part of the investigation will be to collect radar data, aircraft maintenance inspection records, medical records of the pilot, air traffic control communication if available, as well as any witness accounts.

“It spun around and took a nose dive down the wing came down over us the wind carried it over into the field,” witness Brittany Reno, who saw the plane as she was driving, told WIAT.

Another local resident, Charles Cullwell, told the news outlet that the plane landed on his property.

“It is a mess, it’s a rubble of tin, and you cannot tell it’s a plane,” he said.
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The small private plane, which took off from from Kissimmee, Florida, crashed around 2:30 p.m. near Hayden, Alabama, killing Joseph Crenshaw, 45, his wife Jennifer, 43, their son Jacob, 16, and daughter Jillian, 14. The family was returning to their home in Jackson, Tennessee, after a spring break trip to Disney World.

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'I’m doing the best I can': Desperate last words of pilot to air traffic control before crash killed him and his family on flight home from Disney World in heavy rain
Air Traffic Control revealed the last words they heard from the husband and father who was piloting a private plane that crashed in Alabama in March
Joseph Crenshaw was piloting a flight back to Tennessee from a trip to Disney World when ATC alerted him to moderate to extreme precipitation

The tower asked him to deviate before telling him no other route was available
'I'm doing the best I can,' was the last thing he said to the tower before crashing
The crash killed the entire Crenshaw family, including him, his wife Jennifer Dawn, daughter Jillian Celeste and son Addison
By Stephanie Haney For Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 00:43 EDT, 14 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:02 EDT, 14 April 2017

New information released by Air Traffic Control revealed the last words they heard from the husband and father who was piloting a private plane that crashed in Alabama, killing everyone on board in March.

The last thing ATC heard Joseph Crenshaw, 45, say was 'I'm doing the best I can,' before radio contact was lost, according to a preliminary report provided to ABC 3340's Amber Grigley on Thursday.

In addition to Joseph Crenshaw, the others that died in the crash on March 25 were his children, Jillian Celeste Crenshaw, 14, and 16-year-old Jacob Addison Crenshaw, 16, and wife, Jennifer Dawn Crenshaw, 43.

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Joseph Crenshaw, 45, was last heard saying 'I'm doing the best I can,' while piloting a private plane back to Tennessee with his family on board when it crashed in Alabama on March 25, killing everyone; the Crenshaw family is seen here, L to R, Joseph, daughter Jillian Celeste, wife Jennifer Dawn and son Addison +5
Joseph Crenshaw, 45, was last heard saying 'I'm doing the best I can,' while piloting a private plane back to Tennessee with his family on board when it crashed in Alabama on March 25, killing everyone; the Crenshaw family is seen here, L to R, Joseph, daughter Jillian Celeste, wife Jennifer Dawn and son Addison

Joseph Crenshaw was piloting a flight back to Jackson, Tennessee from a spring break trip to Disney World in Florida when ATC alerted him to moderate to extreme precipitation and asked him to deviate from his route.

Crenshaw told ATC that he would change to whatever route the controller thought would be quickest across the inclement weather, according to ABC.

But there were no better route options available, the controller told Crenshaw, ABC reported.

Debris from the Cessna 210 plane debris landed in five different sites

Debris from the Cessna 210 plane debris landed in five different sites; 'The wing came down over us and then the wind carried it over into the field,' witness Brittany Reno (pictured, L) said +5
Debris from the Cessna 210 plane debris landed in five different sites; 'The wing came down over us and then the wind carried it over into the field,' witness Brittany Reno (pictured, L) said

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Joseph Crenshaw was instructed to maintain at his current elevation of 12,000 feet, as the plane started to descend.

The tower then advised him that he could avoid the weather by turning to the east or southeast.

The plane continued to descend through 5,800 feet as he tried to deviate from his set course. The controlled then told him to check his altitude.

That's when Joseph Crenshaw said his last words to ATC and the radio went silent.


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