Pilot dies in Hardeman County plane crash

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HARDEMAN COUNTY, Tenn. -- The pilot of a small agricultural plane died when the aircraft crashed in Hardeman County Wednesday.

The pilot, 73-year-old James Taylor, was the only one on board when the Cessna 188 went down and became tangled in power lines.

Neighbors say the power went out, and someone spotted the plane while checking to see what might have caused the outage.

Those who knew Taylor tell us he was skilled and knew both the land and the power lines, and they don't understand how this happened.

The FAA is investigating, and says the NTSB will determine what likely caused the crash.

1 Comment

  • wcrump44

    I have known this pilot for many years. He was indeed a very skilled and very safe agricultural aviator. He is a veteran pilot with over 30 years’ experience. He always flew by the book. I can honestly say that he was NEVER one to be careless or show out. I too am baffled because he knew pretty much every 3-cornered patch in Hardeman County like the back of his hand. I am at a loss to how he ended up hitting that set of transmission lines. I do know that those T.V.A. lines can become “invisible” when viewed from certain angles.

    This man was not only a great pilot, but a kind human being; one whom I will always be proud to call a friend. My prayers go out to his wife and family. I want his family to know from the bottom of my heart how sorry I am that this happened. They are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort them and give them strength and encouragement in this tragic, sad time.

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