Plane crash in Great Smoky Mountains National Park claims the lives of Kim Smith, David Starling, and Hunter Starling.
KNOXVILLE: Kim Smith, David Starling, and Hunter Starling Killed in Plane Crash in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

“Investigation Ongoing”

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (December 26, 2016) –A small plane crash claimed the lives of three people on Monday in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to local news sources. (map)

A small Cessna 182 took off a Jacksonville airport on Monday heading to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport. On board the plane were Kim Smith of High Springs, her boyfriend David Starling, and David’s 8 year old son Hunter Starling. The three were heading to vacation with Smith’s family in the Gatlinburg area. Around 4:00 pm Monday, Kim Smith called her mother on the phone and told them they were about 13 minutes away, but the plane never arrived.

The wreckage of the small aircraft was found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park late Tuesday. All three aboard were tragically confirmed to have been killed as a result of the accident. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the NTSB.

“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said an attorney from Lexton Law Firm “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”

Losing a loved one is an extremely difficult time for any family member or friend affected by a tragedy. If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, you may have the right to a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. Lexton Law Firm strongly encourages anyone who may find themselves in this situation to give us a call today at (877) 864-6664. We will fight hard to obtain the care you deserve and just compensation that you and your family are entitled.
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