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Fog May Have Played Key Role in Nashville Plane Crash - John Dunn

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NASHVILLE, TN - There is a strong belief that thick fog Tuesday morning played a key role in the death of Cessna-172 pilot Michael Callan.

Fox 17 News visited Robert Culbreath, who was sitting behind the controls of his flight simulator in Portland, TN.  The experienced pilot showed us what the fog may have been like early Tuesday morning. "All of a sudden his complete vision forward would be gone," says Culbreath.

The NTSB is taking a very close look at fog's role in the crash of the single engine Cessna. 45 year old Michael Callan was killed while trying to land on runway 2Center. The fog would have also made it difficult for controllers in the tower to view the wreckage.

Michael Callan would have been dependent on his instruments, unfortunately the president of the Windsor Flying Club says he was not instrument rated, making it near impossible to land in that fog.

There are reports that Callan had little to no contact with air traffic controllers, who might have assisted in the landing. The NTSB says it has found no evidence of a distress call.

Perhaps most baffling is Callan's decision to possibly fly undetected from the Windsor, Ontario area, across the border, to Nashville. Culbreath says it is possible to make that flight off the radar. "If he was low enough without a transponder on, it would have been very difficult for ATC to have seen him," says Culbreath.

Many details about the pilot's intentions are still unknown. The NTSB hopes to reveal more in the next 10 days. Ironically what seems most clear is that Callan's view as he landed that night was anything but clear.

The airport has reopened runway 2Center, and the NTSB is continuing its investigation.

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