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Plane crashes in Nashville, no one notices for hours

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Emergency personnel investigate a small airplane crash at Nashville International Airport on Tuesday morning, Oct. 29, 2013. The Cessna-172 single engine plane crashed hours earlier but wasn't immediately discovered. (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean)

NASHVILLE (The Tennessean) -- The plane that crashed onto one of Nashville International Airport's runways Tuesday likely sat there for hours before another taxiing plane discovered the wreckage, an official said.

The small, single-engine Cessna-172 crashed sometime after 3 a.m., killing the pilot, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson. The crash was reported to Nashville emergency crews shortly after 9 a.m.

An NTSB investigator was dispatched to Nashville on Tuesday to probe the crash further.

"We will want to understand what the circumstances were that caused it to go undiscovered for so long," Knudson said.

The plane was registered in Canada to the Windsor Flying Club in Ontario. An official from the group declined to comment about the incident.

Airport emergency personnel, Metro Police, Metro Fire and Metro OEM responded to the accident. The Davidson County Medical Examiner would not comment on the crash victim's identity.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed it had responded to the crash, but would not divulge any more details Tuesday.

"The FAA is investigating," a prepared statement read. "The FAA does not have any further information at this time."

Runway 2 Center was shuttered as crews responded to the crash. Three other runways remained open and operational.

There were no delays to commercial flights Tuesday, and travelers navigated the terminal normally.

(The Tennessean, Nashville)

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