Update: A family friend has confirmed that those killed in the plane crash are Glenn and Elaine Mull, their daughter, Amy Harter, and their granddaughter, Samantha Harter.
The family are Pawnee Rock, Kansas, cattle farmers, and the group was reportedly coming to the area to attend the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
Seven hours ago, an R.I.P. Samantha Harter group went up on Facebook and quickly began gaining members.
A small aircraft crashed on Highway 100 near the YMCA in Bellevue Monday at 4:57 p.m. (central).
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that a small Gulfstream 690C crashed 10 miles south of John C. Tune Airport.
The plane was registered to a Kansas company, said Kathleen Bergen, spokeswoman for the FAA. She said the plane left Grand Bend Municipal Airport in Kansas and was headed toward John C. Tune Airport when it went down.
According to FAA records, the plane was likely registered to Mid-Kansas Agri, Co., a company based out of Pawnee Rock, Kan. Jacob Roenbaugh, who is listed as the resident agent for the company declined to comment.
"I don't want to talk about it now," he said.
Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron confirmed that four people were on board the plane when it crashed.
District Fire Chief George Hickey said an eyewitness saw the plane bank hard to the right and then go straight into the ground.
Hickey noted the plane missed several buildings.
"We'll wait until the experts get here. I'm no expert, but that tells me the pilot did one hell of a job,'' Hickey said.
When the plane crashed, the explosion damaged some of the cars in the nearby YMCA parking lot. No one on the ground was injured.
"A lot of cars will have to stay for a while we're treating it like a crime scene,'' Hickey said.
The YMCA said employees who have to leave their cars behind will be driven home.
Officials are treating the area around the YMCA as a crime scene.
Law enforcement said it could take 24-48 hours to clear the crime scene, said Jessica Fain, senior vice president of marketing for YMCA of Middle Tennessee.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.