A twin-engine plane was spinning as it fell from the sky and crashed several kilometers from Nashville's major airport, killing all three people aboard, witnesses and authorities said.
The twin-engine Beech Baron propeller plane took off from an Arkansas airport and crashed on a wooded hill about 100 meters from a cluster of homes in a rural area.
Mark Clayton, who lives about 200 meters from the crash site, said he saw the plane spinning counterclockwise before it hit the ground.
All three of the plane's occupants were thrown from the plane, which was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
Officials would not immediately confirm the victims' identities. The plane was headed to Nashville International Airport.
There was rain and fog in the area at the time crash, but Les Dorr, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration, said investigators can't yet say what caused the crash.