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Nashville Plane Crash Pilot Identified - John Dunn

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NASHVILLE, TN - There is still a lot of mystery surrounding a deadly plane crash at Nashville International Airport. The medical examiner's office confirms the pilot was Michael Callan, but no one seems to know why the Canadian was flying to Nashville.

The NTSB is now in Nashville investigating the small plane crash. They not only want to know more about the pilot, Michael Callan, but also why it may have taken several hours for airport authorities to learn that a plane crashed on the runway. Runway 2 Center was still closed Wednesday as investigators searched for answers.

The NTSB is looking through the wreckage trying to find a GPS or cell phone, anything that might help them learn the flight path of the Cessna-172. We do know a few details. Michael Callan rented the plane from the Windsor Flying Club in Canada, of which he is a member. He had planned to fly to nearby Pelee Island. It is not known if he made that trip, but sometime after 2am., he crash landed hundreds of miles away in Nashville.

The airport didn't learn about the crash until about 8:45am Tuesday. The NTSB will try to learn why it might have taken hours for the wreckage to be reported to the air traffic controllers. "We will look at everything during the investigation, and that does include air control throughout," says NTSB investigator Jay Neylon.

The Airport Authority released a statement saying "the time of the crash has not been determined and reports to the contrary are not factual."

Fox 17 News spoke with the president of the Windsor Flying Club, David Gillies. He says Callan was not instrument rated, which would have made it very difficult for him to land in the heavy dense fog Tuesday morning. Gillies also says Callan may have been low on fuel by the time he arrived in Nashville, and was forced to land despite the foggy conditions.

The NTSB says its investigation could take up to a year to complete. "Determine the probable cause to hopefully prevent it from happening again," says Jay Neylon.

Fox 17 News has also learned that a Michael Callan from Windsor, Ontario was also arrested as part of a large child pornography ring last year, and while the age matches up, we can't say for sure this is the same man.
The NTSB hopes to have a preliminary report on this crash within the next 10 days.

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