LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) - The pilot who died when a small plane crashed in northeastern Lincoln County has been identified. Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said the pilot was Linda Bauman, 46, of Belvidere.
The single-engine plane crashed in private property off Highway 50, along Steelman Road, in the Mulberry community. This is northeast of Fayetteville.
Sheriff Blackwelder says it's believed the plane crashed Sunday afternoon and landed in a pond. The owners of the property weren't home, though, and didn't notice the crash until Monday morning.
The Federal Aviation Administration arrived on scene around noon. Teams drained the shallow pond to retrieve the fuselage of the Cessna 182 where the pilot was entrapped. The NTSB will arrive at 9:00 Tuesday morning to retrieve the rest of the wreckage and behind their investigation. It could take 6 to 8 months before a definitive crash cause can be determined.